Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program
Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we remain committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. That’s why our Janssen Oncology Research & Development team is thrilled to announce they have opened registration for the Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (Janssen SODEP). This new program aims to build relationships with exceptional, ethnically diverse PhD students, medical students, PharmD students, and post-doctoral researchers. We propose to contribute to shaping their career, and bring greater visibility to our job opportunities by providing industry exposure and mentorship from our senior R&D leaders at Janssen.

There are three steps of Janssen SODEP: Exposure, Mentorship, and Placement. The first step of this program (Exposure) is a virtual Janssen Day, which took place on September 15, 2021. Those who attended Janssen Day now have the unique opportunity to apply to advance to the Mentoring step of SODEP, for which applications will be due on November 5, 2021. 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.

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In the Oncology Therapeutic Area of Janssen R&D, our vision to eliminate cancer is ambitious and bold. We choose this mission because we believe we can make an impact. 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, ethnically diverse graduate students, medical students, PharmD students, and post-doctoral scientists. We aim to contribute to shaping their career, and bring greater exposure to opportunities at Janssen. The Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (SODEP) is developed with the goal to follow external talent through industry exposure, mentorship, and possible placement.


Janssen Oncology hosted a Virtual Janssen Oncology Day on September 15, 2021, providing a unique opportunity to be exposed to the R&D process within industry and understand the critical skillsets to have a successful industry career. Highlights included:

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

Scholars who attended Janssen Oncology Day and would like to be considered for the mentorship step of the program are asked to complete an application. The website will open for applications on September 24 and will close on November 5. The application includes a 1-2 page personal statement and one letter of reference, in addition to the previous information that was provided for Janssen Oncology Day registration. Please see the "Apply" tab starting September 24 for additional information.

Based on the overall application and mentor availability, select scholars will be paired with Janssen leaders as part of an ongoing 1 year mentoring experience.

Highlights include:

  • Receive 1:1 career coaching and guidance from an industry leader
  • Receive $10,000 stipend for conference travel, research supplies, training courses
  • Further insight into pharmaceutical industry careers
  • Gain knowledge about pharmaceutical industry culture and navigation strategies
  • Resume/CV review and feedback

Gain increased opportunity to join the Janssen team:

As a final step, based on readiness of the scholars and overall business need at the completion of the mentorship period, select scholars may be identified as potential candidates for relevant open positions within Janssen Oncology, thus fueling our internal diversity pipeline.


·Self-identify as African-American/Black or Hispanic
·Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
·Full-time PhD students in year 2+ of their graduate program, medical students/residents who are interested in oncology, physicians in oncology fellowships, PharmD students, or post-doctoral fellows
·Engaged or interested in oncology or other closely related disciplines such as immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/data sciences, clinical research, and pharmacology.


CLICK HERE to complete an application for the mentorship step of Janssen SODEP. Please note that while we waived the citizenship/residency requirement for the virtual Janssen Oncology Day, citizenship or permanent residency in the U.S. or Canada is required for the second (mentoring) step of SODEP.

Please have all of these documents ready in PDF when you apply. You'll need to provide:

  • A research statement/statement of interest, which should be 1-2 pages long. This document should tie together:
    • Your research (if appropriate; research experience is not a requirement)
    • Your interest in oncology
    • Learnings from Janssen Oncology
    • Description of the particular area(s) in which you might be interested and why. For example: discovery research, translational research, regulatory, clinical, and/or a particular type of role such as project manager or compound development team leader. These are only examples, and you can be less specific if your interests in oncology drug development are still broad. We'd just like to know where your passion is driving you! 
  • A letter of recommendation from a mentor who is a faculty member at your current or former institution. 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 SODEP
  • Your Curriculum vitae, which has the same basic requirements as what you provided for registration at Janssen Oncology 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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