Prospective Students

Are you interested in research? Do you want to pursue a doctorate degree? If so, the McNair Program is for you! The services provided are designed to prepare rising juniors (and some rising seniors) who demonstrate academic potential, with the research and scholarship skills necessary for entry into doctoral studies. Rutgers McNair Scholars have gone on to attend and receive doctoral degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, University of California—Berkeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge, and Stanford.

                           McNair Application 2017 Now Available!

Download application HERE! DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2017


Program Eligibility for Admission

Students Must Be:

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • A low-income, and first-generation college student or a student from a group historically underrepresented in graduate education (Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians and Native American Pacific Islander)
  • A current Rutgers University Sophomore or Junior
  • Interested in Doctoral Education after college graduation
  • In excellent academic standing, having demonstrated the academic potential to become successful in Doctoral studies
  • Committed to actively participating in ALL aspects of the McNair Program

*Definition of First-Generation: Neither parent currently has a Bachelor’s degree or higher

**We follow TRIO low-income level guidelines to determine eligibility

Program Benefits

The McNair Program is a nationally-recognized program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants in the McNair Program receive many unique benefits, including:

  • Continued work with a faculty member on research activities
  • Opportunity to interview at doctoral programs of choice
  • McNair fee waivers for graduate school applications
  • Reduced-fee vouchers for GRE
  • Summer research opportunities at external institutions
  • Funding towards research, grants and graduate school visits
  • Opportunity to receive full funding and fellowships to a doctoral program of choice
  • College Book Stipends
  • GRE preparation
  • Financial Literacy and debt management planning
  • Mentoring, seminars and other scholarly activities designed to prepare you for graduate studies

Requirements to remain in Program:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA every semester until graduation
  • Apply to national and international Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROP)
  • Completing applications for funding (such as fellowships)
  • Attend monthly workshops and submit all materials for graduate admission