Activate Global Fellowship For Science Innovators 2023 (Stipend of $110,000)

Last Updated on October 5, 2022

Activate Global Fellowship

Are you a scientist on a mission to transform the world through science? Applications for Activate Cohort 2023 are now open! Join the fellowship that has transformed over 140 scientists and engineers into founders since 2015.

The Activate Global Fellowship is a two-year fellowship to turn your technology concept into a product. Activate Global encourages you to think broadly about the potential use cases and impact of your technology when determining if your project fits.


  • Fellows receive a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. This enables them to focus on their project full-time. Each project also receives $100,000 in research funding and access to at least $100,000 in additional flexible capital.
  • Bringing technology to market can be a long and lonely road. Fellows take this journey together as part of a dynamic community of scientists, engineers, and technologists who share what they know and celebrate each other’s victories.
  • Activate facilitates connections between fellows and their broad network of industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other experts from academia, industry, government, and finance—any of whom can serve as advisors or partners.
  • Fellows access vital research tools, equipment, facilities, and expertise through collaboration with a host laboratory. Activate takes no rights to fellows’ intellectual property and works to ensure that fellows retain ownership of any IP developed during their two-year fellowship term.
  • Tailored for scientists and engineers and delivered weekly, their startup curriculum includes sessions on core business and product development concepts, VIP speakers, skill development workshops, and shared learning from other fellows and alumni.
  • Activate’s experienced team meets with fellows one-on-one on a regular basis to help develop priorities, provide guidance, and make connections to their broader network of advisors, industry experts, and investors.


To be eligible, you…

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and four+ years post-baccalaureate scientific research, engineering, or technology development experience.
  • Must be the leader of a technical project or company that is relevant to their target industries and is based in the physical or biological sciences, or related engineering disciplines.
  • Must be leading the commercial development of a hardware-based technology innovation for the first time i.e. not a repeat hard-tech founder. You may apply as a solo applicant or with one co-applicant.
  • Must not have raised more than $2,000,000 in debt or equity funding from non-governmental sources for the proposed project at the time of the application deadline.
  • Project or company must still be in development and not yet ready for full-scale product sales at the time of the application deadline.
  • Must be legally able to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.


The first step of the application this year is an eligibility check. Once you’ve saved your answers to the eligibility check, you will receive an email update with your eligibility status within a few hours. 

Click here to apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit Activate Global Fellowship.

Deadline: October 31, 2022

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