CTV Fellows Program

The Columbia Technology Ventures Fellows Program is a globally-recognized Fellowship that gives Columbia graduate students and post-docs hands-on experience working on early stage technology assessments, writing marketing abstracts, and preparing marketing campaigns. The CTV Fellows Program started in 2006 with four graduate students, and has since expanded to over 30 Fellows and over 160 alumni. The Program is led by Senior Fellows, who handle the management, quality control, and marketing efforts for the group. Fellows gain exposure to intellectual property, marketing, management, editing, and licensing research. After graduation, many CTV Fellows pursue exciting careers at the intersection of science, technology, business, and law. Over 160 Alumni have worked at companies including IBM, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Allied Minds, McKinsey, Merck, Samsung Ventures, at various law firms and startups, and at universities such as UCLA, Harvard, NYU, and the University of Vermont.

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 $28.46 per hour. 


Apply to the CTV Fellows Program

Applications for the Fellows Program will open 9/12/2023.  The first round of applications are due 9/26/2023 by 5pm EDT. The second application deadline and PI approval will be due 10/18/2023 at 11:59pm. Third round interviews will take place at the end of October and early November. 

Apply here, and remember to verify your email address after creating an account. 

Information Sessions

Info sessions will be held on Sept. 13 at 10am and Sept. 18 at 5pm. Both will be Zoom meetings held on this link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/4774632994


The Fellows Program is open to Columbia graduate students and post-docs. We especially encourage applications from graduate students or post-docs 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.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Group picture of CTV fellows