Research Exchange logoFor the first time, UC Berkeley and eight prominent universities are engaging in joint mentorship, scientific collaboration, career development and guidance of advanced Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.

The goal of the Research Exchange is to increase the advancement of diverse Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from participating institutions into the most competitive research and teaching careers. Underrepresented students studying within the mathematical, physical science, computer science and engineering fields are encouraged to apply.

This program will sponsor a student or postdoctoral fellow’s visit with a faculty member or research scientist for a short period to learn new techniques and to engage in collaborative discussion between scientists at any of our participating institutions. The Research Exchange will support a visit to a research group at any of the partner institutions. Visits may 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. 

Participating universities:

UC Berkeley • Harvard • University of Washington • UCLA • Stanford • Georgia Tech • Caltech • University of Texas, Austin • University of Michigan


Applicants should:

  • Be doctoral candidates or postdocs from one of the nine participating institutions
  • Be engaged within the mathematical, physical science, computer science, or engineering fields
  • Belong to an underrepresented minority group (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander) 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

If you are a student or postdoc at UC Berkeley but do not meet the other NSF-AGEP eligibility criteria and wish to participate, please contact Ira Young at

How to apply

Students or postdocs interested participating in the Research Exchange should apply to be matched with a researcher by completing and submitting an application online.

  • Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Requests should be aimed for scheduling a visit within 3-6 months from your application submission. 
  • Prior to submitting a request, students or postdocs may find it convenient to contact the researcher themselves to gauge their availability and interest in hosting a visitor. 


If you have questions about how the Research Exchange works, visit the program’s contact page for details about who is supporting the program at each university.