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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

Sasmita Rout

Life Sciences Fellow

Ryan Slechta

Physical Sciences Fellow

Yexin Yang

Life Sciences Fellow