UW Graduate School

Research Exchange

What is the Research Exchange?

The Research Exchange is a place for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to be matched with a researcher in their area of research at any of the participating institutions:  

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan
  • Harvard University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

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 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.

Through this program, advanced Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows 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 the participating institutions.

Visits last approximately one week and applicants will be awarded up to $1,000 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.


Ph.D. students or postdocs who meet the following criteria:

  • are in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, and Engineering
  • belong to an underrepresented minority group (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander)
  • are US citizens or Permanent Residents

are eligible for NSF-AGEP funded visits. If you do not meet the NSF-AGEP eligibility criteria and wish to participate in an exchange, please contact your department to learn more about travel opportunities. 

For questions regarding eligibility, please contact the UW Research Exchange Coordinator, Willa Kurland, at willamei@uw.edu.

Apply to Participate

Before applying, we ask that you carefully review information on the Research Exchange Program site. We also strongly suggest identifying and, if possible, making a connection with faculty in your area of research at the participating institution that you wish to visit.

Notice Regarding COVID-19: 

While the Research Exchange application portal will remain open at this time, all current Research Exchange travel is on hold until further notice. Individual universities will coordinate future visits based on a timeline that is in line with each campus’ response to health concerns and safety. 

We encourage applicants to visit the university websites and speak to potential faculty hosts and campus Research Exchange coordinators for updates on the status of travel restrictions and campus operations while they consider a realistic timeline for a Research Exchange visit. 

Apply to be matched now!

For More Information

You can read a FAQ on the Research Exchange site, as well as read or download the Participant Guide to the Research Exchange.

Questions can be sent to the UW Research Exchange Coordinator, Willa Kurland, at willamei@uw.edu.

UW Research Exchange Leadership

Julia Parrish, Associate Dean, College of the Environment

Bill Mahoney, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and Student Affairs, UW Graduate School

Daniel Pollack, Divisional Dean Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Ratner, Associate Dean of Diversity & Access, College of Engineering

Vanessa Àlvarez, Interim Director of Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program, UW Graduate School

The Research Exchange is supported by the California AGEP Model to Increase the Success of Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Fellows Becoming Faculty in Mathematics, Engineering and Physical and Computer Sciences (NSF award #1647273) and the participating institutions.