Janssen Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program
Janssen Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we remain committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of this commitment, our Janssen Immunology Research & Development team is thrilled to announce the launch of the Janssen Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (Janssen SIDEP) to build relationships with exceptional, ethnically diverse Ph.D. students, medical students, Pharm.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers. 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 Janssen.

There are two steps of Janssen SIDEPExposure and Mentorship. The first step of this program (Exposure) is a virtual Janssen Immunology Day, which takes place September 11, 2023. At Janssen Immunology Day, attendees will be exposed to the R&D process within industry and obtain an understanding of the critical skillsets fostering a successful industry career. Registration deadline is August 22, 2023. Those who attend Janssen Immunology Day will have the opportunity to apply to advance to the Mentoring step of SIDEP, in which scholars will be paired with Janssen leaders in an ongoing one-year mentoring experience. Applications for this step are due mid-October. Please see the tabs below for details.

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At Janssen, we’re creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. We’re the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, working tirelessly to make that future a reality for patients everywhere by fighting sickness with science, improving access with ingenuity, and healing hopelessness with heart. We focus on areas of medicine where we can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Pulmonary Hypertension.

In the Immunology Therapeutic Area of Janssen R&D, we are  driven by a relentless dissatisfaction with the status quo. Our mission is to redefine treatments for immune diseases by delivering transformational and accessible therapies and regimens to patients with autoimmune disease. With this same energy and focus, we are committed to continually enhancing our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and are determined to make a difference.

We are pleased to offer a new program to build relationships with exceptional Ph.D. students, medical students, Pharm.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers. We aim to contribute to shaping their career and to bringing greater exposure to opportunities at Janssen. The Janssen Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (SIDEP) is developed with the goal to follow external talent through industry exposure and mentorship.

Learn more about the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson at www.janssen.com. Follow us at www.twitter.com/JanssenGlobal.


Janssen Immunology will host a virtual Janssen Immunology Day on September 11, 2023. 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" tab. Highlights of Janssen Immunology Day will include:

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


Scholars who attend Janssen 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 Janssen SIDEP will be October 12, 2023. The application will require a 1-2 page personal statement and one letter of reference, in addition to any previous information provided for the Janssen Immunology Day registration. 

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

Highlights include:

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


  • Self-identify as African-American/Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or Native American
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Full-time Ph.D., medical, M.D./Ph.D. or Pharm.D. student to be entering year 2 or later of graduate program in the fall of 2023, or post-doctoral fellow who started their position in 2023; Students graduating in 2024 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 Janssen Scholars of Immunology Diversity Engagement Program (Janssen SIDEP) is now accepting applications for the mentoring step of the program, which is anticipated to begin in January 2024. The application window is from September 11 to October 12, 2023. Please note that you must have registered for and attended Janssen Immunology Day to apply to the second step of SIDEP. To apply, please have an updated CV (or resend the one you submitted for Janssen Immunology Day), your personal statement (1-2 pages), and your letter of reference (see additional guidance below) ready to submit as PDFs.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to login and view your previous application.

  1. To login, you will use the credentials you set up when you registered for Janssen 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 incorporate the following in detail:

  • Your research (if appropriate; research experience is not a requirement)
  • Your interest in immunology
  • Learnings from Janssen 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 CV has the same basic requirements that you provided for registration at Janssen 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, non-confidential information about the research)
  • A list of technical skills
  • Education information
  • Awards/fellowships
  • Publications (complete)


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