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The California Alliance Research Exchange Program

The University of Michigan is a participating institution in the California Alliance’s Research Exchange Program. The California Alliance is one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation, and it is a partnership between four leading California universities. The focus of the Alliance is to ensure that underrepresented minority (URM) Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from alliance institutions aspire to and populate the ranks of the postdoctoral population, the faculty at competitive research and teaching institutions, the federally funded national laboratories, and scientific think tanks. The California Alliance focuses on increasing diversity in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE) and related disciplines.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under 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.


Current Rackham Merit Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply to participate in the Research Exchange Program. The eligibility criteria for participating U-M postdoctoral fellows is set forth in the NSF-AGEP-T.

Apply to Participate

Please apply for the Research Exchange Program using the California Alliance 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 all 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.


Associate Dean Valeria Bertacco

Associate Dean Valeria Bertacco

Associate Dean for Physical Sciences and Engineering, Rackham Graduate School

915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Zana Kwaiser

Zana Kwaiser

Manager, Associate Dean’s Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School

Phone: 734.647.2653