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Now Accepting Applications!

The Research Exchange (RE) is now accepting applications. The program has undergone some exciting changes as part of the launch of NSF-funded Research University Alliance RUA, including the addition of a virtual orientation and professional development components. 

More information and application cycle important dates, click here.

For the first time, nine of the nation's most prominent universities are engaging in joint mentorship, scientific collaboration, career development and guidance of advanced PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

The goal of the Research University Alliance (RUA) Research Exchange is to increase the advancement of diverse PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from participating top tier institutions into the most competitive research and teaching careers. To achieve this, we have established the Research Exchange. Through this program, the alliance will sponsor a student or postdoctoral fellow’s visit with a faculty member or research scientist for a short period to learn new techniques, engage in collaborative discussion for innovative problem solving and face-to-face interaction between scientists at any of our participating institutions.

Leveraging the Influence of Premier Institutions to Diversify Mathematical, Physical Sciences and Engineering

Apply to
Research Exchange

The application to apply to Research Exchange is hosted on the California Alliance website. 

Research Exchange Info

Informational Flyer

Check out the latest Information on the Research Exchange Flyer​

Participant Guide

For Faculty Hosts & Students and Postdoctoral Fellows


Click here for the full list of participating Universities

The research exchange

Participating Universities

The main takeaway for me from (my participation in) the research exchange was that innovation is achieved through collaboration.

I made connections with several students at Caltech and met with a renowned investigator there. This experience has helped me to increase my networking abilities and contacts I made may provide insight into a possible postdoctoral position

I anticipate this Research Exchange experience will largely provide me with a broader network of researchers in my area that I think will be invaluable as I go forward. I now know more about research being conducted at FODA. From a career standpoint, I also got to learn about some new opportunities for postdocs

I extensively interacted (with) very renowned researchers in their respective areas of MRI. As my work is directly built off of the discoveries that they have made, they were able to give me some insights into problems I am currently having in my own research. It was very valuable for me to be able to build more personal relationships with them for future collaboration/referee requests

My Research Exchange experience encouraged me to continue pursuing a career in academia and highlighted some of the opportunities that are available


Most frequent questions and answers

Before your Visit

Students interested in the Research Exchange first should apply to be matched with a researcher in their area of research at any of the participating institutions by completing and submitting the request through the Research Exchange application portal.

Please review our program updates as of April 30th, 2021 for application deadlines and important dates, click on link to pdf. 

Applications are received and reviewed throughout the year. For better efficiency, please submit your application 3 – 6 months before your desired visit dates.

Allow 3 weeks for your home institution to determine eligibility.

Prior to submitting a request, students and postdocs may find it convenient to contact the researcher themselves to gauge their availability and interest in hosting a visitor.

Once a request to participate is received by the Research Exchange, the host institution will contact the researcher(s) requested by the student or postdoc to begin the scheduling process.

During your visit

There are a variety of activities the student or postdoc could participate in during the visit. These include, but are not limited, to:
  • 1:1 meetings with the faculty host, other faculty, postdocs in the lab, or peers in the department
  • Lab, group, and team meetings
  • Learn a new technique
  • Attend meals for professional discussions and networking with the faculty host or other members of the lab, group, or team
  • Present research at existing departmental events, group, team, or lab functions, or by setting up a new opportunity.
  • Attend professional and career development workshops on campus, such as workshops, seminars, lectures, panels, conferences etc.
  • Attend networking mixers or social events in the department or at the university

Your home institution’s representative, as well as the institutional representative of where you’re visiting. Please go to our contact page for a list of contacts. 

After your visit

You will need to complete a post-visit summary and evaluation. This should be provided by your home institution.

You should plan to submit all required documents to your home institution representative within 30 days of completing your visit.

You will work with your home institution to arrange reimbursement.