Graduate and Professional Programs


OCR offers opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to participate on multidisciplinary teams that provide strategy and leadership assistance for new ventures and/or other licensing opportunities in the area of business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation, marketing plan development, and other similar areas. Selected students will be designated by their funding and assigned to projects that support our sponsor’s missions. OCR will assign those designations during the selection process based on candidate’s experience and program needs.

Our graduate student and postdoc positions will receive unparalleled entrepreneurial experience, access to top-tier mentors in the industry, and a stipend for their work. Our program requires 40 hours/semester and pay a $1,000 stipend/semester.  From the selected candidates, three will be designated as student leaders to help manage the program. A student leader position will pay an additional $500/semester. There is an opportunity on the application to indicate your interest in a leadership position.




Blavatnik Associates

Blavatnik Associates are graduate students and postdocs chosen through a competitive application process who provide strategy and leadership around Blavatnik Fund applications. The Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale supports Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. A significant obstacle to the development of early-stage university discoveries is the lack of funding for the proof-of-concept and validation studies needed to demonstrate commercial potential. To overcome this barrier, the Fund provides funding and business development support to help validate nascent technologies and identify potential industry partners to advance these technologies to the marketplace.

Canaan-Yale Fellows

Canaan-Yale Fellows are select graduate students and postdocs at Yale who work in multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan Partner’s portfolio. Canaan Partners is a $4B global venture capital firm focused on seed and early-stage technology. Students are divided into two multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan’s portfolio. This opportunity is particularly geared to grad students and postdocs in the biological sciences as well as School of Management students. Students commit to: participating for one academic year for 40 hours per semester. Students receive: Education and direction for engagement from Canaan as they work with two projects in the fall and two in the spring, as well as a stipend. Students who complete the program will then have the opportunity to explore projects focused on select Yale research.

YCCI Fellows

YCCI Fellows are graduate and professional school students who provide business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation and marketing plan development to faculty startups. YCCI Fellows receive access to mentors at top-tier consulting firms and accepted students receive a stipend for their work. This program is supported by the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.


Business of Biotech

Business of Biotech is a workshop series that introduces grad students, postdocs and faculty to the core skills and building blocks to translate their research to the marketplace. This lecture and workshop series is designed to provide researchers in the life sciences with a comprehensive introduction to the bioscience business environment by exploring the process of transforming a scientific idea into a value­-generating product.

Presented by the Office of Cooperative Research and Alexion Pharmaceuticals.