About the Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. Founded in 1982, the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors.

The SR-EIP offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.

In 2008, the Leadership Alliance received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to support those students interested in fields related to the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This program, called the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI), supports fellows at 11 institutions across the nation. The goal of the program is to increase the presence of individuals from underrepresented groups among the faculties of U.S. colleges and universities.