The Technology Fellows Program at UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) 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 UCLA TDG technology licensing 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.
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 UCLA TDG for successful applicants.
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong technical background in the biological sciences, physical sciences, or engineering
- Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
- Ability to meet hard deadlines
- Demonstrated interest in technology transfer
- Availability of 10 hours per week (a minimum commitment of 2 quarters is highly preferred)
The Technology Fellows Program application cycle is now closed. If you are a UCLA graduate student and interested in future application cycle opportunities for the Technology Fellows Program, please contact us: TechFellows@tdg.ucla.edu
To learn more about what we do please go to: tdg.ucla.edu
*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 UCLA TDG'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 UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG).
Below are selected links to articles and resources one may find of interest when considering a career in technology transfer:
- UCLA Graduate Students Explore the Entrepreneurial Side of Science
- Short Video: What is Technology Transfer?
- Los Angeles Business Journal - Lab to Market
- Nature - Innovation: The big idea of technology transfer
- Science - Transferring Skills to Tech Transfer
- Science - Navigating Technology Transfer Issues
- PhD Career Guide - Technology Transfer