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.

Participating students from five minority-serving institutions will complete two summer internships in Takeda’s medical affairs division during their sophomore and junior years. They will also be immersed in a series of undergraduate research opportunities with faculty at their home institutions and participate in career and academic development activities with SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program.

The application for the 2022 summer cohort will be available this fall. 

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 gain credentials 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 2021
  • A paid summer research experience at their home campus during the summer of 2022
  • A $20,000 needs-based scholarship (up to $5000 per semester for four semesters)
  • Mentoring by a Takeda professional in the medical affairs division
  • Presentation of their research at a poster session during the 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 Ph.D. program, including: a GRE preparation course, graduate school application assistance, graduate school application fees and a funded campus visit

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 STEM Major at one of the partner HBCU institutions: Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Coppin State University, Lane College and Saint Augustine’s University.
  • Be a current 2nd-year student (sophomore) on track to graduate in the spring of 2023
  • Be Pell grant-eligible or have demonstrated financial need 
  • Be currently on track to apply to the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (competitive GPA)
  • Have an interest in community health or health care-related industries
  • Desire to learn more about inclusive economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship and the innovation economy

How to Apply

More information on the application process will be available on this page in the fall.