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Rackham Research Exchange

The University of Michigan is a participating institution in the Research Exchange program. The goal of Research Exchange (RE) is to increase the advancement of diverse Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from participating institutions into the most competitive research and teaching careers. Through the Research Exchange, advanced Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE), and related disciplines have an opportunity, while visiting with a host faculty at one of the partner institutions, to engage in scientific collaboration and receive mentorship, career development, and guidance.

The Research Exchange, originally started as a part of The California Alliance, which is one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2017 RE expanded to include the University of Michigan, while Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology joined in 2018. This material is based upon the National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1647273. The university benefits from the further enrichment and diversification of the entire learning community, and U-M students and postdoctoral fellows benefit from the combined resources of the outstanding universities in the alliance, as well as a network of 80 AGEP alliances across the United States.

Apply to Participate

Current Rackham Merit Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply to participate in the Research Exchange. The eligibility criteria for participating U-M postdoctoral fellows is also assessed through the RMF criteria.

Please apply to participate through the Research Exchange website. The application page provides useful information about the program and selection process, so it is advisable to consult the information prior to completing the application form. In addition, please contact the Rackham Associate Dean’s Initiatives Manager with your application questions.

Resources for Incoming Participants

A lot of the information that we provide for our graduate students will be relevant to our California Alliance incoming participants. Please note that the nature of your short visit to the University of Michigan will determine which of the available recourses you will be eligible for.


Lutgarde Raskin

Altarum/ERIM Russell D. O’Neal Professor of Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Phone: 734.764.4405

Zana Kwaiser

Manager, Associate Dean’s Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School

Phone: 734.647.2653

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