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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM²D Scholars Award Program

Applications due Aug. 18

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the STEM²D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM²D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

Vanderbilt University can select one applicant per each STEM²D discipline, for a total of six applicant submissions. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM²D fields. The award is $150,000 over three years. No indirect costs allowed.


Candidate must be an early to mid-career woman working within a STEM²D university department at the time of application. Examples include a non-tenured assistant professor or associate professor.  Note the program change: Tenure track is NOT a requirement.

The female scholar should have the following 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., M.Des., M.Arch., MFA, MLA, Ph.D.

See the program page, FAQs and award criteria for more information.

Internal application instructions

Interested faculty should visit to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Aug. 18, 2022.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to