Applications Invited for Manning Inventor Fellowships

Paul Manning

The campus has announced the first Manning Inventor Fellowships to enable creative and motivated graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to pursue the commercialization of discoveries made in UMass Amherst laboratories.

Manning Fellowships provide a $30,000 stipend for graduate fellows and a $50,000 stipend for postdoctoral fellows. Fellowships are for one year, starting Sept. 8.

Alumnus Paul B. Manning, president and CEO of PBM Capital Group in Charlottesville, Va., established the Manning Inventor Fellowships to attract, encourage and recognize graduate student and postdoctoral inventors and to acknowledge the importance of translational research on the UMass Amherst campus. Manning earned his B.S. in microbiology in 1977.

Applications should be submitted through this website,

Fellows will be selected by a panel chaired by the dean of the College of Natural Sciences based on the likelihood of success of the proposed project and its potential for commercialization. Applications are due April 17. Decisions will be announced in May.

Candidates who would like to consult about how to develop an application to best fit this opportunity are encouraged to contact Robert MacWright, director, UMass Technology Transfer Office at macwright@umass.eduor 545-1587.

The application requires:

  • Identifying information about the candidate and the faculty advisor for the candidate’s project
  • A two-page summary that includes a description of the problem to be solved and the anticipated product; a discussion of how the proposed research would move to proof of concept, and a statement of the potential the research has for translation into commercialization
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support and curriculum vitae from the faculty member who will serve as the advisor for the proposed project. The advisor’s letter of support should describe any available resources to assist with costs that may be associated with moving to proof of concept.

 Questions regarding submission should be directed to Amanda Leigh-Hawkins,, 577-6425, Office of the Dean, College of Natural Sciences, 107 Stockbridge Hall.


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