Columbia University

Technology Ventures

CTV Fellows Program

The CTV Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity for Columbia graduate students to gain in-depth experience with university technology transfer and technology commercialization. Fellows work closely with CTV on a part-time, remote basis. The Program is intended to enhance our understanding of the commercial potential of Columbia technologies, while providing Fellows a valuable educational experience. Fellows are paid $25 per hour. After graduation, many CTV Fellows pursue exciting careers at the intersection of science, technology, business, and law. Over 120 Alumni are at companies including Intel, IBM, Merck, Novartis, Apple, BCG, McKinsey, at various law firms, and at universities such as Harvard, UCSF, Cornell, University of Washington and UCLA.

CTV Fellows, 2016

Apply to the CTV Fellows Program

The 2016 hiring round is now closed. Until then, subscribe to our mailing list to hear about our events and lectures and learn more about CTV. 


The Fellows Program is open to all Columbia graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents. We especially encourage applications from graduate students seeking degrees in clinical, scientific, technical, and business disciplines, e.g. the life sciences, engineering, chemistry, computer science, and business. Candidates will be expected to commit up to eight (8) hours per week, but assignments can be completed remotely. Typical projects include assessing the commercial viability of new inventions, identifying potential licensees or investors, developing marketing materials, and analysis of patent literature.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Strong scientific / technical background
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer
  • Commitment and availability for 10 hours per week (for a minimum of one calendar year)
  • Relevant prior experience

Additional Information

The Fellows Program typically holds recruiting rounds once per year, and we do encourage submissions and resubmissions from previous applicants who have taken steps to strengthen the desired skillset and experience. Relevant courses and activities are listed below.


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