Global Health Award

The Diversity and Global Health Committee of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) is offering opportunities for dermatology and skin science trainees in lower/middle income countries (LMI)* to apply for travel awards to attend the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ESDR, Lisbon, 4-7 September 2024. This is part of the ESDR’s initiative in Global Health.


A number of awards are available which will include registration for the 53rd Annual ESDR Meeting and up to 2000 Euros for travel and living expenses.


  • To provide an opportunity for dermatology and skin science trainees to gain the latest clinical and scientific knowledge in dermatology
  • To provide dermatology and skin science trainees with networking opportunities with the international dermatology community
  • To enable the selected candidates to disseminate the knowledge, experience and networks gained from the meeting with the dermatology teams and scientists in their own


  • Resident in Lower/Middle Income Country*
  • A dermatology (medical doctor training in dermatology) or skin science trainee (PhD student, post- doc) in recognised Lower/Middle Income Country
  • Good level of spoken and written English
  • Past recipients are not eligible for consideration.

How to apply

A.    A short CV (2 pages maximum)
B .   A short personal statement (300 words maximum) to include: 1. your career aspirations, 2. reasons why you wish to attend the ESDR meeting, 3. how you will further develop and disseminate the knowledge, experience and networks gained from the meeting for career development and for the benefit of the dermatology
C.   Two references, one of which should be from your current head of department
D.  Extended deadline 30 April 2024



Applications will be assessed by the ESDR Board

  1. The merits of the applicant
  2. The importance of the award to furthering the clinical/academic career of the applicant and to benefit their local dermatology community.



  1. Your application must be sent as a single PDF file to Thomas Florestan at the ESDR office (
  2. The email subject should be: 2024 ESDR Global Health Award application


NB: Successful applicants will need to submit a one-page (A4) report on his/her experience of the ESDR meeting to 


  • Deadline extended until 30 April 2024


  • Awards

Global Health Awardees


Photo courtesy:  Tiago R. Matos

Photo courtesy: Soha Seddik

Even more impressive than the cutting-edge science, the 2022 ESDR meeting emphasised the importance of borderless collaborations. Many papers presented in this meeting were produced through collaborations between different universities, different countries, or even between academics and industries.

Global Health Initiative also allowed researchers from developing countries to share research impediments they experienced with colleagues from countries that faced similar situations.

Read the full report on ESDR 2022 here

Chutima Seree-aphinan

2022 Global Health Awardee

I have recently written the part one exam of the Fellowship of the College of Dermatologists in South Africa. The focus of this exam is on the basic science of dermatology, so it was especially enlightening for me to witness the ground-breaking research that was presented. Seeing these apparently arbitrary and abstract scientific concepts being used in research to better the lives patients was exhilarating. This reinforced the importance of skin science in action, reminding me of the intimate relationship between clinical medicine and scientific research.
I was able to put a face to the names of many authors of scientific papers and journal articles that had read. I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with giants in the field of skin science.

Read the full report on ESDR 2022 here

Jacob Sons

2022 Global Health Awardee



From left to right: Thiri Hlaing (Myanmar), Caroline Mwatha (Kenya), Phyo Min Thu (Myanmar), Abdulnaser Hamza Esmail (Ethiopia)