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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

Fellows Program

Fellows work part-time to assist Innovation Partnerships licensing specialists to assess the technical and market potential of new U-M inventions.

Typical projects include:

  • Scientific, market, prior art, and patent research and analysis
  • Assessing commercial viability of new inventions
  • Categorizing inventions into application specific or industry segments
  • Technology marketing abstract composition
  • Identifying potential licensees or investors

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • You must be a current U-M Graduate Student Assistant or Postdoctoral Fellow. Appointment to the Fellows Program is concurrent with full-time status as U-M graduate student or postdoctoral fellow for the full duration of the Fellows Program.
  • You must have permission from your thesis adviser to participate in the Fellows Program if you are a graduate student.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or have CPT/OPT clearance with your visa to participate in the Program. You are responsible for facilitating any necessary CPT/OPT steps prior to the Program.
  • You must be able to commit ten (10) hours per week.
  • You are expected to stay in the Fellows Program for at least 12 months.

Selection will be based on:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Scientific/technical background and academic performance
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Interest in technology transfer and/or prior experience (if any) in business or commercial environments
  • Commitment and availability for up to 10 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year
  • Professionalism and adherence to deadlines
  • Work authorization to allow this type of appointment


Upon hiring, fellows will attend a virtual ½ day orientation and training session followed by at least a 1-year commitment to the program. Hours vary, but projects are designed to be completed in no more than 10 hours on a weekly basis, can be done remotely, and can be completed anytime within the deadline window (typically 1 week). Fellows are expected to have access to a computer and will be provided access to databases and other resources to complete their assignments. Fellows are expected to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the University of Michigan and maintain absolute confidentiality. Pay will range from $16-$18/hour depending on background and experience.

Accepting fellows applications in life sciences & physical sciences

Applicants may submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format via e-mail to Michelle Larkin.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are invited to submit writing samples and interview.

Meet Our Team

Michelle Larkin

Director of Licensing, Medical Devices

Yexin Yang

Life Sciences Fellow