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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program

Application FAQ Page

McNair Scholars Program Application Frequently Asked Questions


Am I eligible to participate?

Check eligibility.


Where can I apply?

The 2019-2020 Cohort Application is now closed. Check back next spring for the next application period.


Are the Letters of Recommendations also due on the Application Deadline?

No. Your recommendation writers will typically have a week after the deadline to submit their letter.


Can I start, save and complete my application at a later time?

Yes. The application forms does include a save feature to finish at a later time. Once you press ‘save’, you will be given a link to use for a later time to come back to finish.


How long does it take to complete the application?

Once you have assembled all of the necessary materials and information, the application should take no longer than one hour to complete in one session.


What should I include in my Personal Statement?

Your personal statement should provide the evaluator with information about the following:

  •  Background
  • Academic history
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Career goals
  • Aspirations to earn a PhD
  • Other relevant information

You are encouraged to have multiple readers provide you with feedback on your statement prior to submission.


What should I include in my Research Experiences and Interests Statement?

In addition to providing the evaluator with information on you research experiences to date, you should describe a research question, topic, or project that you would like to pursue while participating in McNair. Explain why this research topic is important to you and why it is significant to society-at-large. While we do not expect applicants to have a precise research plan at this point in their academic careers, applicants should possess research interests.

Research interests may change as the student gains exposure to others research areas, faculty, and graduate education, in general. If selected into the program, the student will have opportunities to explore research interests before committing to a research project.


Whom should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

Your letter writers should be able to speak to your academic accomplishments, work ethic, and potential for success in McNair and in graduate school. Faculty, Instructors, professional staff, and others who have served in a supervisory capacity for you may be individuals you ask to write a letter on your behalf. Letters from family members, roommates, or peers will not be considered.


Is there an interview process for the program?

Yes, select applicants will participate in an interview process which will include individual and group interview activities.  The full application process is as follows:

  • Phase 1: Submission of online application packet – Deadline March 22, 2019 (Letters of Recommendation Deadline- April 5)
  • Phase 2: Interviews – Notify Interview Candidates
    • Round 1: Individual Interviews – Mid April
    • Round 2: Group Interviews – (This will happen on a Saturday for approximately 4 hours or longer)
  • Phase 3: Notification of acceptance or denial
  • Phase 4: Introduction at End of Year Banquet