The Mistletoe Research Fellowship is a program that is unique in its scope and ambition to connect early-career academics to entrepreneurs for the benefit of both parties, the university partner, and the public good. 


At the Mistletoe Foundation we see our university partners as true collaborators in this endeavor and actively seek their input as we design and implement program policies. Note that fellowship awards cannot be used for overhead rates, fringe benefits, or infrastructure fees. 

We believe the Mistletoe Research Fellowship can provide the following benefits to university partners:


  • A low-risk and structured opportunity for Fellows to apply their knowledge to new domains, strengthen their communication skills, and learn about best practices for science and technology implementation.


  • The team experience helps Fellows develop their collaborative skills, ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and inter-institutional collaboration experience.


  • Fellowship participants are exposed to new networks, including startups within their assigned Area of Collaboration, non-profit organizations via their community mentors, and the resources of the larger Mistletoe, Inc venture community. These networks may improve future career and grant opportunities both inside and outside of academia.


  • In the event that the startup files a patent based on work by the Fellowship team, the PhDs receive a citation and a ‘window’ onto the patents process.


  • The program may lead to future partnerships, awards, or collaborations between the university and startups, the Mistletoe venture community, or community partners.


  • Partner universities are part of small and select cohort of chosen partners. The opportunity to apply to work with startups and receive a 10k research grant is something they can advertise to prospective students/postdocs. 


General Inquiries

Inquiries about your Mistletoe Research Fellowship Application

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