Graduate Student Awards

These awards from the Texas Innovation Center (TxIC) are available to graduate students in the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences, and the McCombs School of Business. These awards range from providing funding to support entrepreneurial and commercialization efforts to funded internships with the Texas Innovation Center. Students are encouraged to use these funds for exploring, developing, and moving forward university-based research and intellectual properties.

Awardees are provided funding and support from TxIC’s Startup-In-A-Box and Friends of TxIC Network to help advance their startup formation and launch endeavor. The support will help you explore product feasibility to conduct market discovery to understand customer demands and create a proof of concept. 

Traditionally underrepresented groups, defined by geographic regions, specific community or student organizations and economically disadvantaged families encouraged to apply. 

Malcolm Milburn Endowed Scholarship and Award in Entrepreneurial Studies 

  • Open to all graduate students throughout the Cockrell School of Engineering 
  • Awards up to $4,200 

Lodge Innovation Scholars 

  • Open to current graduate students from the McCombs School of Business enrolled in an MBA, M.S., or Ph.D. program
  • Recipients will participate in a funded, investment analyst internship at Texas Innovation Center to gain experience with technology commercialization and business development of startup companies within UT’s portfolio
  • Awards up to $5,000 per semester

Inspire Commercialization Award 

  • Open to all graduate students in the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences to supporting students pursuing commercialization of technology derived from UT research and intellectual property 
  • A partial list of allowed uses includes:
    • Make, test, or demo prototypes 
    • Register and travel to a conference 
    • Travel to meet with key potential customers and investors 
    • Validate market and pricing models 
    • Assess customer demand 
    • Graduate student stipend 
  • Awards of up to $20,000