The Fellows Program at the MIT Technology
Licensing Office (TLO) is a new MIT program that began
in pilot phase in the Spring 2012 semester. It offers
a unique opportunity for MIT graduate students and post
docs to gain valuable experience with university
technology transfer and technology commercialization.
Fellows work closely with the TLO on a part-time basis,
providing support for invention assessments and
technology marketing. The program is intended to
enhance our understanding of the commercial potential of
inventions and technologies, while providing Fellows
with “real world” work experience and educational
exposure to intellectual property and the business of
science and technology development.
IS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER?
Technology transfer is the movement of
knowledge and discoveries to the general public. The
transfer can happen in a variety of ways. For our
purposes, technology transfer refers to the formal
licensing of technology invented at MIT to third
parties, often commercial entities, who develop the
technology into products and services to benefit the
public. Technology transfer is an inter-disciplinary
field requiring expertise in law, business and
WHAT WILL I DO AS A TLO FELLOW?
Fellows work under the supervision of the
TLO Marketing Information Manager to assist in the
technical and commercial evaluation of new inventions
reported to the TLO in the life sciences, physical
sciences / engineering, chemistry and computer science.
Typical assignments include:
commercial viability of new inventions
market, prior art and patent research
industry research and analysis
inventions into application specific or industry
marketing abstract composition
potential licensees or investors
Fellows may, from time to time, work on special projects under the supervision of TLO Licensing Officers. Fellows will also be invited to attend TLO-hosted events and provided opportunities to engage with TLO staff.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A TLO FELLOW?
Fellows must attend a half day
orientation and training session and commit to eight
months in the program following their training.
Fellows are required to have access to a computer, work
remotely and are provided access to databases and other
resources to complete their assignments. Fellows may
opt to work on-site at the TLO as space permits.
Fellows are expected to complete their assignments
within one week of receiving them. Fellows are expected
to sign a non-disclosure agreement with MIT and maintain
absolute confidentiality. Hours vary but are limited to
no more than ten hours per week. Pay is $25 per hour.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Applicants must be a MIT graduate student
in good academic standing or post-doc in targeted
disciplines (e.g. life sciences, physical sciences /
engineering, software, and potentially others). M.B.A.
students with an undergraduate or higher degree in a
hard science or engineering are encouraged to apply.
Appointment to the Fellows program is concurrent with
full time status as graduate student or a post doc for
the full duration of the Fellows program.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
Selection for this program will be based
on a combination of factors, including:
and willingness to take on new challenges
and availability for up to 10 hours per week (for a
minimum of eight months)
performance and/ or prior experience (if any) in
business or in commercial environments
Professionalism as exhibited in your interview
HOW DO I APPLY?
UPDATE: Session I 2012 is now closed. We
are accepting applications for Session II only.
Applications and instructions can be
downloaded by following the link in
the top left corner of this web page. Applications
are accepted by email, fax or mail on a rolling basis
for admission to either Session I (starting in March) or
Session II (starting in October). Applicants will be
notified by email as to whether they will be invited to
interview with us.
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