About the Program

Established in 2021, Johnson & Johnson, has partnered with NMF to develop the Alliance for Inclusion in Medicine (AIM) Scholarship Program. The Johnson & Johnson/NMF AIM Scholarship Program is an innovative, 2-year service-learning program designed to expose high performing underrepresented minority (URM) medical (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) students with analytical skill sets that will prepare them to become future clinician and research leaders with a commitment to address the structural and systemic factors, which cause the health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. In addition, the program will expose students to various functions within the pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare industries where physicians play a key role.

*Previously known as Johnson & Johnson/ NMF Future Leaders Scholarship Program

2021 Applications will be open from April 26, 2021 and will close on June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Click here to start an application: https://nmf.smapply.io/ 

Program Goal

The goal of this 2-year program is to expose diverse medical students to career opportunities within Pharmaceutical Medicine and introduce analytical and professional skills that will prepare students to become clinicians and researchers of tomorrow, empowered to address health disparities.

Scholar Eligibility

This program will target 2nd year students underrepresented in medicine (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) and will run for 2 consecutive years (2nd and 3rd years of medical school).

Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited medical school located in the U.S.
  • Identification as an underrepresented student* in healthcare
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Interest in healthcare delivery to medically underserved communities

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented student in healthcare: African American, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (including American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

Program Structure

This scholarship program will provide $5,000 for the first year, and $10,000 for the second year of the award to a cohort of twenty (20) 2nd year URM medical students. The program will include a series of didactic training sessions during both program years, covering topics such as drug development, drug safety, statistics, real world evidence, scientific publications, clinical trial protocols, epidemiology, etc. For students interested in a surgical field, there will be didactic sessions focused on surgery in the second year. Each Scholar will be paired with a physician mentor who will facilitate a professional relationship and share critical career insights with the Scholar.

In year 2, Scholars will conduct a research project, which will be developed in conjunction with his/her mentor. Scholars may also have an opportunity to be onsite at one of the Johnson & Johnson facilities, if public health/safety permits. While onsite, the Scholars will be able to work closely with their mentors while finalizing their projects and have one on one meetings with leaders within the organization.

Program Timeline and Required Events

Program Year 1 (August 2021 – July 2022)

  • Orientation
  • Didactic sessions (8 sessions during Year 1)
  • Mentoring sessions

Program Year 2 (August 2022 – July 2023)

  • Orientation
  • Didactic Sessions (4-6 sessions during Year 2)
  • Project development
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Culminating Event – Scholar project presentations