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Janssen-Drexel “4D” Fellowship Program

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“Diversity in Drug Discovery and Development” Fellowship Program

The “4D” Fellowship is a joint effort between Janssen Oncology and Drexel’s Pharmacology and Physiology Department to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of scientific research and drug discovery.

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The fellowship program is specifically designed to support underrepresented minority students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare for a career in drug discovery and development. The fellowship will offer tuition coverage and a stipend for living expenses, and fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research at Janssen.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a CV to Dr. Alessandro Fatatis (, chair of the selection and steering committee. Applicants must be accepted into a Drexel graduate program to be considered for this fellowship.

Eligibility criteria

Program timeline

  • Fall 2022 to summer 2024 (up to 6 fellows)
  • Program starts in the fall every year

Fellowship structure

  • Full tuition coverage
  • Living expenses up to $25,000/year
  • Thesis research at Drexel or Janssen labs
  • Career conversation with Janssen senior leaders
  • Potential for collaborative projects between Drexel and Janssen
  • Internship opportunities at Janssen

Meet the 2021 4D Fellows

2021 4D Fellowship Awardees

Mohammed Sani Alhassan (Pharmacology and Physiology MS program)
“I am humbled and appreciative of the fact my dreams of becoming a clinical researcher will be achieved because of the Janssen-Drexel 4D fellowship. This program will help propel me into the drug discovery industry which bridges the gap between scientific experiments and the clinical use of drugs. I am excited and optimistic of this new journey.”

Desmond Lewis (Drug Discovery and Development MS program)
“The Janssen-Drexel Diversity in Drug Discovery and Development fellowship will help me realize my goal of eliminating cancer by providing me with mentors and research experience in the pharmaceutical industry. The fellowship will also allow me to focus on my academics by providing full financial support.”

Celina Guzman (Pharmacology and Physiology MS program)
“This fellowship has given me an opportunity to dedicate myself to cancer research. It will allow me to achieve my goals, promote my professional growth, connect me to a large network of peers, and remove financial limitations. Now I can confidently serve as the first person in my family to go to graduate school and enter the field of science. Thank you!”

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