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General Information

1. Why is Johnson & Johnson offering the WISTEM2D Scholars Award?
The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women early to mid-career, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

2. What is included as part of the WISTEM2D Scholars Award?
The Scholars Award is a three-year award that is paid in installments to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the Johnson & Johnson Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds. Award recipient’s achievements will be showcased at a symposium.

3. Who is eligible to apply for WISTEM2D Scholars Award?
Early to mid-career women and gender minorities working within a STEM2D university department at the time of application at an accredited academic university, institution or design school. Examples include a non-tenured assistant professor, assistant professor or associate professor. working in the field(s) of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D) are eligible to apply for the award.

The scholar should have a minimum degree for the appropriate field:

  • Science; M.D., Ph.D.
  • Technology; Ph.D.
  • Engineering; Ph.D.
  • Math; M.S., Ph.D.
  • Manufacturing; Ph.D.
  • Design; M.A., M.S., MDes, MArch, MFA, MLA, Ph.D.

4. How is mid-career defined?
Within the United States mid-career is defined as an individual who has not yet reached tenure. Examples include a non-tenured assistant professor, assistant professor, or associate professor. The definition may vary outside the United States, therefore if you are applying from a University outside the United States this field, on the application, does not apply.

5. If a university has multiple affiliated research institutes, is it possible to submit more than 1 applicant per STEM2D discipline?
Each university / institution can submit one applicant per STEM2D discipline. However, if a university consists of several campuses that operate independently (e.g., University of California), each independently run campus may submit one applicant per STEM2D discipline.

6. Will Johnson & Johnson pay for Scholar Award recipient’s travel expenses to attend the symposium?
Yes, Johnson & Johnson will pay for Scholar Award recipient’s travel expenses. Award recipients will receive information regarding attendance and travel expenses after notification of the award and prior to the symposium.

7. Can the Scholar Award be used to pay the Scholar Award recipient’s salary?
The award funding cannot be used to pay the Scholar Award recipient’s salary.

The award shall be used to support the research proposal described in the application. None of the funding will be used by the University to pay the Recipient's salary, nor will it be used to cover any indirect costs of the University including fringe benefits or indirect costs for lab personnel who provide assistance to the Recipient.

Application Process Tips

1. What information must be submitted as part of the application?
In addition to general contact details and demographics, the scholar applicant is responsible for submitting:

  • A university or school department head letter of recommendation.
  • A 1,000-word essay detailing your proposed area of research. One additional page can be added for images, or references.
  • Your resume/Curriculum Vitae (three pages, font size 11), including a list of publications, presentations, abstracts, current financial support already obtained, and other folio work.
  • Contact Information of two references and
  • A brief outline of your budget for proposed research.

2. How is my application evaluated?
Reviewers use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • Scientific/technical expertise exhibited
  • · Novelty/innovation of the research
  • Potential impact of the research
  • Feasibility of the research

Note: Due to the number of applicants we do not provide 1:1 feedback on previous year’s applications. However, applicants can self-check their submission against the Tips above.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM²D Scholars Award Program will help develop female leaders and support innovation in STEM fields.

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