- Awards grants to institutions of higher education for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
- McNair participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
- Institutions work closely with these participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress through to their successful completion of advanced degrees.
- The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
- Opportunities for research or other scholarly activities;
- Summer internships;
- Seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study;
- Academic counseling; and
- Activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing
- admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs.
- Who May Apply for McNair Grants: Institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education.
- Students who qualify for McNair must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at an eligible institution. In all projects, at least two-thirds of the participants must be low-income, potential first-generation college students. The remaining participants may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education.
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