Apply to McNair Scholars Program

Strongly considering pursuing graduate school (MS, PhD, professional degree)?

If you are a 2nd or 3rd year student, apply to be a McNair Scholar!

The McNair Scholar application cycle for January 2021 start is complete. It will re-open in September 2021, due mid-October.

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1st & 2nd year students: looking for the McNair Fellows application (due each February)? Click on the McNair Fellows tab. The cycle is now closed and will re-open in January 2022.


(A) among the first generation in your family to attend a 4 year college AND meet the low income guidelines on the application chart based on your family size,


(B) Self-identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as listed on the application,


if you are able to check off both (A) and (B).

As a McNair Scholar, students begin conducting research with a research group during the spring semester of their 2nd or 3rd year, for the remainder of their academic semesters until graduation. Students can also participate in our fully-funded research-intensive, graduate school preparation program in June and July to continue with their research project, build their graduate school application, and present at our annual poster exhibit.

In addition to engaging as a community year-round, Scholars frequently meet 1:1 with the Program Coordinator to discuss their progress and life balance, and participate in workshops, seminars, and the UNIV 2100 course to build academic writing, critical thinking, research communication, and professional development skills to be a well-rounded scholar and competitive candidate for graduate study.  Read more about the McNair Edge on our homepage!