Susan Riley Keyes: Technology Transfer Career Training Program Application 2024-03-20T17:03:09-05:00
The 2018-2019 Susan RIley Keyes Fellows with Tom Keyes at the 2019 Annual Meeting

Training the Next Generation

Thanks to the  Susan Riley Keyes Memorial Fellowship, we are able to offer 1-2 individuals, competitively selected from small technology transfer offices (offices with less than 10 full-time employees as reported to the AUTM Survey) a spot in this year’s cohort. 

The Technology Transfer Career Training pairs students with an experienced technology transfer mentor who offers in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the complexities of the profession. Fellows follow a core syllabus of educational webinars covering such topics as the fundamentals of technology transfer, invention disclosures from cradle to licensing, basic patenting, marketing, and negotiation. The program also provides each fellow an extended AUTM membership, which includes access to AUTM’s Technology Transfer Practice Manual and more than 150 educational sessions.

Fellowship Details

Selected fellows receive:

  • An expert mentor assigned to each participant
  • Fellow mentor from the past cohort assigned to each participant
  • Monthly cohort meetings with guest speakers
  • AUTM membership through December 2024
  • Access to AUTM’s Technology Transfer Training Manual and other great member benefits
  • Full access to AUTM’s webinar library with over 100 different webinars and topics
  • Registration to
    • AUTM Essentials course (October 2024| Portland, OR)
  • Registration, travel, and accommodations to
    • AUTM Annual Meeting (March 2025 | Washington, DC)
    • One AUTM Regional Meeting (North American Fellows Only)
  • Inclusion in online peer communication forums with current and previous fellows
  • Periodic Zoom check-ins with guest speakers
  • Dedicated program administrator to field questions and troubleshoot


Applicant’s university must have less than 10 full-time employees in the TTO (if university did not report to the AUTM Survey in  2020 or 2021, proof of small size office may be requested)

Applicants must:

  • Have less than one year or no direct work experience in technology transfer
  • Demonstrate interest in learning skills that will enable him/her to bring innovation from inventors, institutions and entrepreneurs to commercial use and public benefit

If you have any questions, please email Colleen at cloeffler@autm.net.

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a selection panel who will award up to two scholarships.

Fill out the following application completely and submit it to the AUTM Foundation by June 15th, 2019. You must attach the following:

The following needs to be included with your application:

  • A brief statement describing your interests in the academic technology transfer profession and the potential value of this award to your current career objectives -no more than 500 words
  • Resume/CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Two brief letters of recommendation in support of your application
    • one from your employer (or your adviser if you are a graduate student applicant)
    • one from a professional colleague

Incomplete applications will not be considered. AUTM may request additional information for consideration. Failure to comply with requests for supporting information could be grounds for disqualification. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email info@autmfoundation.com.

The Susan Riley Keyes Fellowship application is now open until June 30, 2024. Click here to access the application.

Questions? Contact Colleen at cloeffler@autm.net




    A brief statement describing your interests in the academic technology transfer profession and the potential value of this award to your current career objectives - no more than 500 words

    Letter of Recommendation (2) (required)