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The DREAM Venture Labs

Build Fellowship


People Gathering in a Meeting Together

Build Fellows Move the U.S. Forward

The DREAM Venture Labs Build Fellowship:

Advances the mission of U.S. colleges, universities, and research organizations

Prepares U.S. college students and Americans for the workforce of tomorrow


Increases the competitiveness of U.S. companies and the economy


Provides the greatest talent in the world the chance to realize their American dream

A cap-exempt H-1B visa solution for foreign nationals

The DVL Build Fellowship is a cap-exempt H-1B visa solution for foreign nationals who work part-time for 5 hours per week, supporting the missions of our partner universities and research organizations.

After a 6-8 week onboarding, Fellows work part-time in the DVL Build Fellowship and are able to work full-time for U.S. companies.

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Learn what it takes to become a Fellow today


A Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in a field that aligns with the role you will be performing in the Fellowship​


The drive and availability to dedicate 5+ hours weekly to support the work of our education and research partners


Be an exceptional talent who meets the standards for the DREAM Venture Labs Build Fellowship. This is determined by your educational and professional experience. Founding a company that has at least $250,000 in available funding or having an employer willing to sponsor you for a concurrent H-1B are examples of additional factors that can support your application.


Have a benefactor willing to support the costs of your fellowship

  • Fellows are accepted on a rolling basis and can start the program at any time of the year

  • Fellowships last a minimum of 6 months and up to 3 years

  • An additional 3 year extension is possible

Become a DREAM Venture Labs Build Fellow

Working from Home

Nominate Yourself

I am a foreign national founder, entrepreneur, or expert in my field looking to join the Fellowship.

Team Project

Nominate a Candidate

I’m an organization or individual looking to support an individual through the Fellowship.

The Fellowship Impact

The DREAM Venture Labs Build Fellowship provides U.S. higher education institutions with access to the brightest minds from across the globe. Students at partner institutions are offered world-class subject matter training and expertise through Build Projects that provide work experience to students, 1-on-1 domain-specific Build Sessions, and educational materials meant to make the Fellow’s expertise more accessible.

Our College & University Partners

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