Takeda HBCU STEM Fellows Program


Takeda HBCU STEM Immersion, Industry and Innovation Fellows Program

SREB is partnering with the National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness and Takeda Pharmaceuticals to increase minority student interest in STEM careers and prepare them for doctoral-level education. The partnership is dedicated to a vision of placing more students from underserved, underrepresented populations in the STEM fields.

Applications for the 2022 summer cohort are closed.

About the Program

Takeda Pharmaceuticals has several initiatives to increase diversity in the biopharma and health care industries. The Takeda HBCU STEM Immersion, Industry, and Innovation (I3) Fellows Program is an internship, scholarship and STEM pathway program designed to produce a new generation of researchers poised to address health disparity issues that plague communities of the most vulnerable populations.

Successful applicants will become part of a Doctoral Scholars Program pipeline network at the Southern Regional Education Board and receive training about the innovation economy and entrepreneurship through the National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness. 


Participants in the IFellows Program will receive the following:

  • A paid summer internship at a U.S. Takeda facility during the summer of 2022
  • A $5,000 needs-based scholarship (up to $2,500 per semester)
  • Mentoring by a Takeda medical affairs professional 
  • Attendance at the fall 2022 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
  • Participation in the SREB Doctoral Scholars pipeline network
  • Support from SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program in preparing for and applying to a graduate program, including: a GRE preparation course, graduate school application assistance, graduate school application fees and a funded campus visit

How to Apply

Complete the form below. If you qualify to apply, you will receive an email message with a link to the application.


Takeda HBCU STEM Immersion, Industry and Innovation Fellows Program

Program Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to participate in the Takeda HBCU STEM Immersion, Industry, and Innovation (I3) Fellows Program, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen who is currently a third-year student (junior) on track to graduate in the spring of 2023

  • Be a STEM major at a participating HBCU: Alcorn Sate University, Benedict College, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Lane College, Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Saint Augustine’s University

  • Have demonstrated financial need 

  • Be currently on track to apply to the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (competitive GPA)

  • Plan to pursue a graduate degree in a STEM field (not including medicine or pharmacy)

  • Desire to learn more about inclusive economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship and the innovation economy

Review Process and Selection Timeline

February 3 – Application opens
Extended to March 25  – Application deadline (5 PM EST)
March-April – Interviews and selection

For additional details contact 
Arthur Mitchell
National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness


Ansley Abraham
Southern Regional Education Board

Instructions for Applying

Review the required application materials below. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you’ll receive an email with a link to the online application. 

All applications must be completed online. Applications submitted in any other form will not be accepted. Please read all instructions carefully before completing your application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Essays and Personal Statement

Formatting instructions:

  • Please include your name on each essay submitted
  • File type: .pdf only (no Word, .rtf, or other formats will be accepted)
  • File size: as small as possible and no larger than 4 MB
  • Font: standard 12-point (such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri)
  • Spacing: 1.5 or double-spaced
  • Margins: 1″ on top, bottom, and sides
  • Page limits: Refer to individual upload requirements

(Required) Personal Statement
Please answer the following in 300 words or less:

Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in STEM, and in which discipline do you wish to pursue in your graduate studies? What contribution do you hope to make in that field?

Choose to answer one of the following in 400 words or less

Essay 1
Historically Black colleges and universities were established during a time when Black Americans were denied access to institutions of higher education across the country. HBCUs have continued to produce successful graduates at a rate disproportional to their overall enrollment but continue to be under resourced. Share why you chose to attend an HBCU and how you view your future role as a graduate in supporting your institution’s viability.

Essay 2
Food, water, energy, health care and waste play critical roles in the wealth and welfare of communities. Without ownership or control over food and water sources, energy generation and resource allocation, America’s most vulnerable populations face long-term challenges. Why is it important to increase diversity in the STEM and innovation marketplace in order to provide solutions to these issues?

Essay 3

As we continue to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerabilities of many of our systems have been exposed and have been slow to recover as people of color are impacted to a greater degree when compared to the general population. If you had the opportunity to be an advisor to the current U.S. presidential administration, what advice would you give on how to accelerate recovery and productivity in education and the economy for your peer group (18-24) in a post-pandemic world?

Résumé (maximum 2 pages)

Your résumé should provide details about your employment history, extra-curricular activities, community service and hobbies. Please include comprehensive details about your experiences and include any awards and honors.

Be sure that your resume includes your permanent address, best email, and cell phone

Undergraduate Transcripts
  • File type: .pdf only (.jpeg, .png, or other formats will not be accepted) 
  • File size: as small as possible and no larger than 4 MB
  • Transcripts must be in English and must include all courses and grades received as well as the date of the undergraduate degree, if completed.
  • An unofficial transcript is acceptable and encouraged for the purposes of application; an official transcript will be required if selected for an award.
  • Transcripts should not include Personal Identifying Information such as a Social Security number or date of birth. Staff may delete the transcript from your application if these data are present. Applicants should redact, cover or remove this information prior to uploading the document.
  • The transcript should be legible, complete (clearly reflect your academic history and achievements), and cannot be secured, password protected, or encrypted.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload all transcripts and to ensure transcript legibility and degree attainment dates after each document has been uploaded. Transcripts sent via postal mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
Letters of Recommendation

Your application must include a letter of recommendation from a current or past professor from the institution you currently attend. If you have participated in a research project, a letter from a research mentor or supervisor is acceptable. Letters of recommendation from personal friends, clergy, medical doctors and family members are not appropriate. Letters should contain substantive, comparative information about your abilities, activities and personal qualities, including specific examples that illustrate these attributes. Letter writers should indicate their relationship to you within their letter. Letters should be written on official letterhead. Letters are limited to no more than two pages and may be .pdf or .docx files. Please note that .doc files cannot be accepted.

Applicants should communicate with their letter writers before entering the letter writers’ contact information (name and email) into the online application system. Applicants must also ensure their letter writers upload their letters to the online application system by the application deadline.

Letter writers will not be contacted on behalf of applicants. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify their letter writers through the online application. 

Eligibility Form

Complete this form to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you’ll receive an email with a link to the online application.