J&J Scholars of Diversity Engagement Program (J&J SDEP)
J&J Scholars of Diversity Engagement Program (J&J SDEP)

Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine is leading where medicine is going. Patients inform and inspire our science-based innovations, which continue to change and save lives. With rigorous science and compassion, we confidently address the most complex diseases of our time and unlock the potential medicines of tomorrow. Therapeutic areas include: Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Retina.

In 2020, Johnson & Johnson declared racism a public health threat and launched Our Race to Health Equity (ORTHE) in the U.S. – a five-year, $100 million commitment. Consistent with Our Credo, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, and our legacy of tackling the most pressing health challenges, ORTHE is J&J’s commitment to help close the racial health gap so the color of your skin does not determine your access to care, quality of care or health outcomes. We’re changing the way that we work to instill a racial health equity mindset and skillset across our company and using our scale and size to catalyze systemic change across the healthcare industry.

As part of this commitment, our Johnson & Johnson Research & Development team initiated the Johnson & Johnson Scholars of Diversity Engagement Program (J&J SDEP) to build relationships with exceptional Ph.D. students, medical students, Pharm.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers from underrepresented groups as defined in the eligibility section. We aim to contribute to shaping their careers and to bringing greater visibility to our job opportunities by providing industry exposure and mentorship in partnership with R&D leaders at J&J.

Applications are being accepted for the following therapeutic areas:

Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (SIDEP): Accepting applications beginning February 2024

Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (SODEP): Accepting applications beginning June 2024

Each program has two steps including Exposure and Mentorship. Please click on the tab of your area of interest to learn how you can participate and more program specific dates and deadlines. 

At Johnson & Johnson, our vision for immunology is to restore health for all people living with immune diseases. Inspired by the promise of helping patients reclaim their lives, we action our distinct immune pathway strategy to deliver transformational and accessible therapies for patients with conditions in rheumatology, immunodermatology, gastroenterology, maternal-fetal immunology and rare autoantibody diseases. By delivering on our industry leading portfolio, we are expanding both our reach and impact for people at every stage of life, building on our profound legacy and redefining the standard of care that demands durable, symptom-free remission. 

We are pleased to offer a program to build relationships with exceptional Ph.D. students, medical students, Pharm.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers from underrepresented groups as defined in the eligibility section. We aim to contribute to shaping their career and to bringing greater exposure to opportunities at J&J.

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J&J Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (SIDEP) will host a virtual Immunology Day on April 30, 2024. This is a unique opportunity to be exposed to the R&D process within the pharmaceutical industry for immune-mediated diseases and understand the critical skillsets needed for a successful industry career. If you are interested in attending, please see the "Apply to attend J&J Immunology Day" tab. Deadline for applications is April 25, 2024. Highlights of Johnson & Johnson Immunology Day will include:

  • Formal presentations given by Immunology scientific and strategic leaders at Johnson & Johnson highlighting the many roles available for scientists and physicians in immunology drug development.
  • Smaller breakout sessions with Immunology leaders at Johnson & Johnson to facilitate more in-depth dialogue about what success looks like in industry, transferable skills from academia to industry, etc.


Scholars who attend Johnson & Johnson Immunology Day and would like to be considered for the mentorship step of the program will be asked to complete an application. The deadline to apply for the Mentoring step of J&J SIDEP will be June 14, 2024. The application will require a 1-2 page personal statement and one letter of reference, in addition to any previous information provided for the Johnson & Johnson Immunology Day registration. 

Based on the overall application and mentor availability, select scholars will be paired with Johnson & Johnson leaders as part of an ongoing one-year mentoring experience.


Highlights include:

  • Receive 1:1 career coaching and guidance from an industry leader
  • Recieve funds for conference travel, research supplies, and training courses
  • Obtain insight into pharmaceutical industry careers
  • Gain knowledge about pharmaceutical industry culture and navigation strategies
  • Recieve resume/curriculum vitae (CV) review and feedback

  • Self-identify as black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, or from a disadvantaged background based on National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Full-time Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.S., or Pharm.D. student to be entering year 2 or later of graduate program in the fall of 2024, or post-doctoral fellow who started their position in 2023; Students graduating before September 2025 are not eligible for this program.
  • Engaged in research in immunology, or other closely related disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/data sciences, clinical research, and pharmacology.

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (J&J SIDEP) is now accepting applications for the mentoring step of the program, which is anticipated to begin in September 2024. The application window is from May 1 to June 14, 2024. Please note that you must have registered for and attended the SIDEP Immunology Day to apply to the second step of SIDEP. To apply, please have your CV (updated if needed, or the same one you sent in for the SIDEP Immunology Day; either way, please re-upload it), your personal statement (1-2 pages, see additional guidance below), and your letter of reference (see additional guidance below) ready as PDFs.

  1. PLEASE CLICK HERE to login and view your previous application.To login, you will use the credentials you set up when you registered for the SIDEP Immunology Day. If you forgot your password, please click on the forgot my password link to reset your password.
  2. When you have logged in, you will see the information you previously entered. Scroll through to complete all missing fields and scroll to the bottom to upload each attachment.
  3. Then click "Submit."


1. The research statement/statement of interest should be 1-2 pages long. This document should tie together:

  • Your research (if appropriate; research experience is not a requirement)
  • Your interest in Immunology
  • Learnings from the J&J SIDEP Immunology Day

2. A letter of recommendation from a mentor who is a faculty member at your current or former institution (no length requirement). This letter should cover the following at a minimum:

  • Relationship to applicant
  • Description of the scholar's skills and qualifications, including specific examples that illustrate the scholar's strengths/areas of growth/potential
  • Summary of why the scholar is recommended for mentorship in SIDEP

3. Your Curriculum Vitae has the same basic requirements that you provided for registration at the SIDEP Immunology Day. You can re-upload the same CV or an updated version. As a reminder, your CV should include:

  • A summary statement
  • A list of research experience (university/company, principal investigator if appropriate, information about the research)
  • A list of technical skills
  • Education information
  • Awards/fellowships
  • Publications (complete)


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