The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares eligible students from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic potential for doctoral studies.
Contact Us! The McNair Program Staff is available to assist students daily – please call us at 848-445-3100. Our offices are located on the Livingston Campus, Lucy Stone Hall, 3rd floor, A Wing.
The McNair Program is a federally-funded program that serves low-income, first generation college students and students from groups historically underrepresented in graduate education. The services offered are designed to provide students who exhibit academic potential, with the research and scholarship skills necessary for entry into doctoral studies. The Rutgers McNair Program was established in 1991.
A student must be either a first generation, low-income college student or a student from a group historically underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, Native American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander). A student must also be interested in pursuing a doctoral education upon college graduation and possess academic potential to be successful in doctoral studies. Must have at least 54 credits by the Summer Research Institute (must be a rising junior).
McNair Scholars have the opportunity to earn up to 8 credits as a McNair Scholar. Additional Advantages of being a Mcnair Scholar include:
• On-going graduate school planning, research and training until college graduation
• Free Room, Meals and Textbooks during summer institute
• Earn a generous summer research stipend
• Attend Graduate School Visits across the country
• Attend research and professional conferences
• Individual graduate and doctoral program planning & advising
• Attend cultural events and excursions
• Presentation and public speaking training
• Writing and tutoring assistance.
Contact the McNair Program (add link to application).
The mission and purpose of the McNair program is to prepare students for entrance into doctoral programs. However, individual programs have different requirements. Through one-on-one advising, students will learn about what their best options are for graduate studies.
Students can be participants in other student service or academic programs on the Rutgers Campus. However, students are encouraged to review each program’s eligibility and requirements thoroughly to ensure that they do not jeopardize their status in any program. It is also asked that students disclose any other campus programs at the time of their application
Yes, attendance is mandatory at all programs during the academic year and summer institute. Students must be present at the start and remain to the end of all sessions, classes, and workshops. Special permissions will only be granted by the program director or their designee and require at least 48 hours notice.
McNair scholars are asked to not take any other classes during the McNair Summer Research Institute. The summer research program is an intensive, hands-on 8-week experience where students will work closely with a Rutgers Research Faculty member and take courses to prepare them for doctoral studies and receive credits.