Program Details


Students must:

  • Be sophomores or first-semester juniors. 
  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. 
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. 
  • Be income-eligible (according to federal guidelines) and be a first-generation college student or be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education (African-American, Native-American, Alaskan-Native/American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or Hispanic/Chicano/Latino). 
  • Intend to pursue graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. (This program is not open to students pursuing medical or law degrees)
  • Also, students who have transferred from a community college are encouraged to apply.


  • Opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on a paid summer research project.
  • Each Scholar receives a $2,100 stipend for the summer (provided all program policies are adhered to).
  • Opportunity to present research at a national McNair symposium, as well as other research conferences.
  • The opportunity to receive incentives such as waivers of application fees and fellowships from universities across the country seeking McNair Scholars for entrance into their graduate programs.
  • The opportunity to visit universities offering doctoral programs.