As technical and societal challenges become increasingly complex and cross traditional boundaries, leaders who tackle such problems require more than technical skill – they require training in innovation and problem-solving techniques, and the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams.

In conjunction with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard Business School (HBS) have partnered on a new collaborative endeavor at the intersection of technology and business: the Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellows Program.

Made possible by a generous gift of the Roberts Family Foundation, the Fellows program allows a group of 10-15 outstanding Harvard College sophomores (from any College concentration) to build knowledge, skills, and a community, putting them on a path to launch and lead innovative endeavors – whether this be creating technology startups or leading innovation teams in governmental or non-profit/social organizations. Selected students would be known as the Roberts Family Fellows.




Who should apply?

Applicants for the Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellows program are Harvard College sophomores who have:

  • A record of academic excellence at Harvard College.
  • Demonstrated leadership and potential for innovation and/or entrepreneurship.
  • A "builder" orientation with a zeal for solving problems and creating products, as evidenced by experience in campus laboratories, course projects, and a diverse range of innovative or entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • A commitment to building a technology venture or pursuing a career in technology or applications of technology to other fields.

Candidates will submit an application that includes a list of relevant technology/engineering courses, resume, statement of purpose, and letter of recommendation. The application will open on Monday, March 4, 2019 and the deadline to submit is Monday, April 1. Students will be notified in May, 2019. The program will begin in September 2019 and spans junior fall and spring.


Program Elements

Roberts Family Fellows gain access to a variety of resources, including:

HBS Startup Bootcamp: Fellows will be invited to participate in the HBS Startup Bootcamp for MBA candidates, which is taught by HBS faculty. The Bootcamp, which does not confer academic credit for MBA participants, uses a learning-by-doing approach to build the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as an early-stage entrepreneur.

Business and Innovation Fundamentals Program: A 2-day program immediately before the HBS Startup Bootcamp, taught by HBS faculty mostly via the case method.

HBS MBA Electives: Fellows could take up to two HBS MBA electives (no more than one per term) from a designated set of courses that focus on technology management, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Fellows Seminars: Regular Fellows Seminar sessions will be held, featuring case discussions led by faculty, guest speakers, and presentations by Fellows on their venture concepts and internship work. The seminars may also include broader topics in liberal arts, including historical and cultural facets of technology and innovation.

Summer Experience: Fellows will spend the summer between their junior and senior year either: 1) at a technology company (or a non-technology company working in a role involving innovation/technology development) in a paid internship or 2) working on their own startup concept, with program financial support. In either instance, an alumni mentor would be assigned to the Fellow.

Fellows Showcase: An evening celebratory event at which newly selected Fellows will be welcomed and current Fellows will present summaries of their summer work.

HBX CORe: Fellows will have the opportunity to complete HBX CORe coursework, with its $2,000 fee paid by the program, prior to enrolling in any HBS elective courses.