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The UCLA Technology Fellows Program

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The Technology Fellows Program at UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) is designed to expose UCLA graduate students to the business of technology transfer and intellectual property management. This program provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in technology evaluation, marketing, and commercialization. Fellows work with OIP officers and staff on a part-time basis and will be paid a competitive hourly rate*. Participation in the Technology Fellows Program is a unique educational experience that gives students the opportunity to contribute to the commercialization of UCLA technologies.

Eligibility

Applications to the Technology Fellows Program will be accepted from all UCLA graduate students. Successful applicants will be required to pass a background check and sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining the program. In addition, international students must have advanced to candidacy. Graduate students with a >25% appointment time will require an exception from their home department to participate in the program, to be requested by OIP-ISR for successful applicants.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong technical background in the biological sciences, physical sciences, or engineering
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer
  • Availability of 10 hours per week (a minimum commitment of 2 quarters is highly preferred)

Application Process

*Compensation is dependent on the funding, support, and fellowship status of each individual.

Technology Fellows Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Over the past several years, alumni of OIP-ISR's technology fellows program have successfully established careers in various fields, including academic technology transfer, management consulting, patent law, venture capital, and business development.

What is Technology Transfer?

Technology Transfer is the business of "transferring" inventions from the research lab to the marketplace. Typically, an organization's technology transfer office is comprised of professionals who manage inventions, facilitate the prosecution of patents, market new technologies, negotiate and manage numerous types of agreements, assist with startup company formation, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and corporate sponsors of research.

Most research universities, federal labs, and mid-to-large sized companies have a tech transfer or intellectual property commercialization program. At UCLA, technology transfer is handled by the Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR).

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