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The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program

Program Services



McNair Scholars enroll in specialized courses the cover topics such as the craft of research, the culture of graduate education, the graduate school application process, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and teaching at the college level.  Additional workshops and weekend sessions are provided on an as-needed basis.

Research Experience

Scholars conduct a McNair Research Project with the guidance of a McNair Faculty Mentor. Scholars are eligible for travel funds to attend national conferences for presentations of their research. Scholars publish their research project in The McNair Journal.

Counseling and Mentoring

Scholars meet regularly with the McNair Program Staff to build Individual Preparation Plans and receive one-on-one academic counseling, mentoring, and consultation. Along with the program staff, Faculty Mentors guide Scholars as they develop academic and professional skills and meet scholarly performance standards crucial to successfully completing graduate level work.

Additional benefits of being a McNair Scholar


McNair Stipend for Summer Semester Training

McNair Scholars are provided with a research stipend and a room and board allowance for the Summer Semester Training, May through July. Last summer, the funding package was $4000.00.

GRE Preparation

McNair Scholars participate in an intensive six week GRE preparation course during Summer Semester Training.

Graduate Record Exam Fee Program

Through a partnership with the Educational Testing Services, the Council for Opportunity in Education, and donor funds, McNair Scholars may have their GRE fee covered by these entities.  The current cost for registering for the GRE is $195.00.

Graduate Application Fee Waiver

The McNair Program has a special relationship with hundreds of schools across the nation who have agreed to waive the application costs for McNair Scholars.  Find out which schools offer these (and other) benefits with the Council for Opportunity in Education List of Fellowships and Application Fee Waivers.

Cultural Enrichment Activities
The McNair Program sponsors scholars to attend cultural enrichment activities such as theatrical and musical performances, and invited lectures.