Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

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2015-2016 Cohort Application Link

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 NEWS UPDATE (02/10/2015)

The applications for the 2015-2016 cohort of the McNair Scholars Program are now available using the link above. As always, we are looking for first-generation and low-income or underrepresented students who are interested in earning a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) upon graduation. First generation and low-income students from STEM disciplines are highly encouraged to apply. To complete an application, please click on the link above and submit an application before the deadline of April 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Current University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students are eligible to apply and must meet other specified criteria (see application or eligibility criteria below). If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please either email or call 512-471-1205.


The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program recognizes that the diversity of researchers is an integral component of scholastic excellence. It seeks to produce a new generation of scholars and researchers that will more accurately reflect the growing diversity in intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultures represented in academia.

The McNair Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin is a federally funded program (one of the TRIO Programs funded by the Department of Education) mandated by Congress. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first-generation undergraduates or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education, particularly African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders. The McNair Scholars Program will serve 25 students each year. An integral component of the program is the Summer Research Institute (SRI) Internship at UT Austin. Each summer, up to 13 students will be selected for this ten-week paid internship. Program participants must be committed to enrolling in graduate programs. The program will track progress towards the successful completion of a doctoral degree.

Program Services

  • Research opportunities for participants who have completed at least 30 hours of college (Opportunities for research or other scholarly activities at the grantee institution or at graduate centers are designed to provide participants with effective preparation for doctoral study).
  • Exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to other undergraduates.
  • Mentoring (Mentoring programs involving faculty members or students at institutions of higher education, or any combination of faculty members and students).
  • Seminars and other scholarly activities designed to prepare students for doctoral studies
  • Summer internships
  • Travel to research conferences and graduate school visits
  • Tutoring
  • Academic counseling
  • Assistance in obtaining student financial aid
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate programs
  • Guidance on teaching methods and strategies via our McNair Teaching Academy
  • Potential to earn over $7,000 in stipends and scholarships


  • The Nuts and Bolts of Graduate School
  • The Faculty Mentor Relationship
  • Public Speaking and Presentations
  • GRE Prep
  • Writing Personal Statements
  • Creating a CV
  • Choosing the right school and program for you
  • How to fund your graduate education


A student is eligible to participate in the McNair Scholars Program if the student meets all the following requirements:

(a)    Is a citizen or national of the United States; or

Is a permanent resident of the United States; or

Is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident; or

Is a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; or 

Is a resident of one of the Freely Associated States.

(b) Is currently enrolled in a degree program at The University of Texas at Austin.

(c) Is-

  1. A low-income individual who is a first-generation college student; or
  2. A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islanders);

(d) Has not enrolled in ANY post-baccalaureate programs at an institution of higher education.

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