Career Development Award

The purpose of the Lupus Foundation of America's Career Development Award is to facilitate the professional development of second or third year 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, with a research program having considerable focus on the investigation of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral or epidemiological lupus research.

Award Funds

The CDA Award amount will be up to $70,000. A total of two (2) awards will be provided in 2017. One (1) award will be granted for a study focused on pediatric lupus research and a second award will be granted for a study focused on adult lupus research. The fellowship funding may be renewable for a second year of up to an additional $70,000 depending upon progress.

Request for Applications

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Career Development Award. To learn more about eligibility, how to submit an application, and evaluation criteria, please see our 2017 Career Development Award Request for Applications (RFA).

How to Apply

The application period for 2017 awards has now closed.


Please contact Lyna Merzoug, Senior Research Coordinator at


Past Awardees

2016 - Sara K. Tedeschi, MD, MPH

2015 - Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS

2014 - Laura Lewandowski, MD

2013 - Candace H. Feldman, MD, MPH