Career Development Award

The Career Development Award is part of the Lupus Foundation of America’s effort to facilitate the transition of future lupologists from medical school, to fellowship, to independent clinician-scientist. The award was launched in 2013 to support the field of lupus research at a time when public and private funding opportunities have become harder to come by than it has been in over a decade. People just out of medical school, who may want to conduct lupus research during their fellowship training, may find it difficult to find the financial support they need to do so. This award has been created to help second and third year fellows interested in pursuing lupus research meet those needs.


The purpose of Foundation’s Career Development Award is to facilitate the professional development of rheumatology, nephrology and dermatology fellows, in the U.S. and Canada, interested in lupus research towards a career as an independent clinician-scientist at an academic, medical, or research institution. The institution must have a research program with considerable focus on the investigation of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral or epidemiological lupus research.

Award Funds

The Career Development Award provides one or two annual grant awards in the amount of $70,000 each. The funding may be renewable for a second year and an additional $70,000 depending upon progress made.

Request for Applications

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Career Development Award. To learn more about eligibility, how to submit an application, and evaluation criteria, please see our 2016 Career Development Award Request for Applications (RFA).

Past Awardees

2015 - Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS

2014 - Laura Lewandowski, MD

2013 - Candace H. Feldman, MD, MPH