The Mistletoe Research Fellowship
Our flagship program, launching in 2018, is the Mistletoe Research Fellowship.
This professional development program awards research grants to postdoctoral fellows and advanced PhD candidates as well as providing opportunities to collaborate with startups with a high potential for social and humanitarian impact.
The Mistletoe Research Fellowship was created with three goals in mind:
1) Helping frontier startups to succeed in advancing
2) Funding scientific research and providing a professional development and training opportunity for early-career academics.
3) Creating a bridge between the academic and entrepreneurship communities that may lead to further collaboration, partnerships, innovation, and employment.
Mistletoe Research Fellowship recipients develop competencies that will help them prepare for careers
in academia or in industry by participating in two professional development program components:
the Unfettered Research Grant and the Mistletoe Startup Collaboration.
Each Mistletoe Fellow is awarded a USD $10k Unfettered Research Grant that is to be applied to their own individual research activities. This unrestricted grant can be used over the course of a single academic year for almost any university-approved research-related activity, including conference travel support, purchases of equipment, and software and database licenses.
Each Mistletoe Fellow also participates in a Mistletoe Startup Collaboration that provides professional training. After being matched with a startup during a 3-day summer workshop, the Fellow participates in a year-long team project in which they apply their knowledge to a specific science or technology problem that will help an early-stage startup further the development of a product with social impact. Collaborating remotely via a state-of-the-art online platform, Mistletoe Fellows work in small cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional teams of four (4) researchers and a mentor from one of our partner organizations. Projects are structured as an extracurricular project that requires just a few hours a week outside of the fellow’s existing research commitments.