Ph.D. Commercialization Fellowship

Commercialization Fellowship is an opportunity for engineering Ph.D. students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and potential real-world applications of university inventions.


What is a Commercialization Fellowship?

Cornell Engineering is now offering Commercialization Fellowships—a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to spend a fully-funded semester and summer in an intensive entrepreneurship program with a personal mentor to explore commercializing a product of the student’s choosing. From intellectual property management to supply chains, students will learn the tools, methods and skills for bringing a product or technology to market.

Amanda Bares
"Once I started exploring the commercial opportunities through the fellowship, it became clear that there were a lot of people that were interested in my technology." 

Fellow Amanda Bares
PhD Candidate, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

The fellowship experience will enable deep experiential learning in the commercial side of innovation, and one-on-one mentoring assures a deep, personalized educational experience unmatched by traditional entrepreneurship programs.

Learn more about the Commercialization Fellowship curriculum and the expected commitment of participants.

Robert Shepherd
"I've had two students participate in this program, and I learned from each of their experiences. During this process, they made discoveries and corporate contacts that motivated us to switch research directions dramatically. This pivot towards more marketable technology has improved both my exposure to industry and basic research output."  --Professor Robert Shepherd

Commercialization Fellowship Application

Applications for the commercialization fellowship are currently closed.

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