Program Overview

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, the Research Exchange, first established under the California Alliance in 2016, is a program 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.

The Research Exchange will support a visit to a research group at any of the partner institutions. Visits may last approximately one week and applicants will be awarded up to $1000 for intra-state visits, and up to $1,500 for inter-state visits. The goals of the program are to promote cross-institutional exchange between students and faculty across the alliance institutions, aid students in their search for postdoctoral mentors, help researchers identify future collaborators, and welcome students into the broader scientific network.

Apply to be matched with a researcher in your area of research at any of the participating Institutions (UC Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard University, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology*) by completing and submitting the request below. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Requests should be aimed for scheduling your visit within 1-6 months from your application submission.

Ph.D. graduate students or postdocs from the nine participating institutions who are in the Mathematical, Physical and Computer Science and Engineering (MPCS&E) fields, belong to an underrepresented minority group (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander) and are US citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible for NSF-AGEP funded visits. If you are a student or postdoc at one of the nine participating institutions but do not meet the other NSF-AGEP eligibility criteria and wish to participate, please contact your institution in the Research Exchange, please see the alliance contact list click here

The Research University Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate is a NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). NSF-AGEP supports strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation that eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive practices for URMs.

The Research Exchange is supported by the Research University Alliance (RUA) AGEP Model for Advancing Minority Math, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Engineering PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Scholars to Faculty (NSF awards #2014976, 2014200, 2014600, 2014755, 2014896, 2015049, 2015104, 2015149, 2015214).