The California Alliance Research Exchange Program

The University of Texas at Austin 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.

It seeks to further diversity in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering and related disciplines by introducing underrepresented minority graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to the ranks of the postdoctoral population, the faculty at competitive research and teaching institutions, federally funded national laboratories and scientific think tanks.

The entire university benefits from a diverse learning community, and UT Austin 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.

The Research Exchange Program provides underrepresented minority students opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions including University of Michigan, UC Berkley, Caltech, Stanford University, UCLA, Harvard, University of Washington and Georgia Tech.

Through the program, students visit partner institutions to learn new techniques, engage in collaborative research, explore opportunities for postdoctoral research and mentorship, and receive individualized career guidance from faculty members at peer universities. Participating students will receive up to $1,500 for travel expenses (paid as reimbursements) for visits lasting about one week.

We strongly suggest that students identify and connect with faculty members at participating institutions in advance of submitting applications.


The program is open to current UT Austin Ph.D. students in candidacy and postdoctoral fellows who are underrepresented minorities (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander) and in the mathematical, physical and computer science and engineering fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


Please apply to participate in the Research Exchange Program using the California Alliance website. The application page provides useful information about the program and selection process, so please consult the information prior to completing the application.

We strongly suggest that students identify and connect with faculty members at participating institutions in advance of submitting applications.

Applications for fall now being accepted. Please contact Marvin Hackert, associate dean of the Graduate School, with further 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 Texas at Austin will determine which of the available recourses you will be eligible for.