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The Research University Alliance (RUA) is made up of a nine-university partnership that includes Berkeley, Caltech, Georgia Tech, Harvard University, UC Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington.

RUA has grown out of NSF-AGEP, which is dedicated to “increasing the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Research exchange

The Research Exchange supports postdocs and Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy in the fields of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Sciences, and Engineering with travel funds to visit and network at one of eight prestigious R1 partner universities. The Research Exchange has grown out of NSF-AGEP, which is dedicated to “increasing the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Learn more about the Research Exchange

Postdoc portal

Considering a postdoc position? Considering taking on a postdoc? Join our postdoc portal, designed to facilitate matches between postdocs and research groups.

Funding opportunities

  • UW-RUA postdoc matching program. The UW-RUA has funds to provide additional funding on top of a pre-existing funding offer to postdocs. Contact ruacoordinator@uw.edu for more information.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. LOI deadline: Sept. 1, 2022.
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF). Deadline: Oct. 15, 2022.
  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF). Deadline: Oct. 19, 2022.
  • EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF). Deadline: Oct. 26, 2022.
  • Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF). Deadline: Nov. 11, 2022.
  • Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars (Link). Deadline: Nov. 16, 2022.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB). Deadline: Dec. 5, 2022.
  • Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OPP-PRF). Deadline: Feb. 6, 2023.
  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF). Deadline: apply anytime.
  • Institute for Global Change Biology Postdoctoral Fellows (IGCB). Deadline: apply anytime.
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Attendees of the RUA Conference 2022

RUA opportunities and events

  • The Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) will be February 9-11, 2023 in Washington, D.C. RUA. All RUA-eligible Ph.D. students are eligible to attend the ERN Conference. Abstract submission deadline: Sept. 16, 2022, 11:59pm PT. Registration deadline: Dec. 3, 2022, 11:59pm PT.

UW opportunities

Leadership team

  • Julia Parrish, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of the Environment, jparrish@uw.edu
  • Jazzmine Waugh, Program Coordinator, ruacoordinator@uw.edu
  • Anind Dey, Dean, Information School, anind@uw.edu
  • Bill Mahoney, Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School, wmahoney@uw.edu
  • Daniel Pollack, Divisional Dean for the Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, pollack@uw.edu
  • Daniel Ratner, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, dratner@uw.edu
  • Kevin Williams, Executive Director, Applied Physics Laboratory, klw8@uw.edu

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-2015104 AM03. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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