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Research University Alliance

University of Michigan faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to get involved with the Research University Alliance (RUA). The goal of RUA 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 RUA, advanced Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented minorities in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE), and related disciplines have an opportunity to engage in scientific collaboration, receive mentorship, and career and professional development and guidance. Departments and faculty can recruit postdoctoral fellows from a pool of highly qualified scholars.

Research University Alliance is one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to U-M, this AGEP group includes the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Harvard University, the University of Texas-Austin, the California Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington. This material is based upon the National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-2014200. 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.

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Research Exchange

Please apply to participate through the Research University Alliance website. The Research Exchange Program Overview page provides useful information about the program, 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 Research University 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.

Get Involved

Please explore the “Get Involved” section of the Research University Alliance website. In addition to Research Exchange, the page provides useful information about the Postdoc Concierge and professional development opportunities. Please contact the Rackham Senior Lead for Deans’ Initiatives with your RUA questions.


Left: Photos from the 2022 RUA Conference on the campus of Caltech. Images courtesy of Bill Youngblood.


David S. Sept

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Medical School, Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Phone: 734.764.8221

John Gonzalez

Director of Rackham Institutional Research

Phone: 734.763.7936

Zana Kwaiser

Manager, Associate Dean’s Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School

Phone: 734.647.2653

Maribel EK Okiye

RUA Coordinator, Rackham Graduate School