McNair Eligibility & Applying


Students are eligible to apply for the McNair Scholars Program if they:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have earned at least 48 credits of college-level coursework
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Have a strong interest in graduate education and a keen interest in research
  • Are either:
    • A first-generation college student who meets federal income guidelines (based on taxable income)
    • OR A member of an underrepresented population (African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American) OR underrepresented in your field of interest


The McNair Scholars Program is a competitive program. Eligible students interesting in participating in the program must submit an application, eligibility documentation, and three letters of recommendation.

2020 Application Deadline: March 8, 2020

Interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program before you apply? Join our list of interested applicants.

Applicants also need to complete the Eligibility Form and Applicant Recommendation Form.