Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program


  • 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.

Activities Provided:

  • Opportunities for research or other scholarly activities;
  • Summer internships;
  • Seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study;
  • Tutoring;
  • Academic counseling; and
  • Activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing
  • admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Who May Apply for McNair Grants: Institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education.

Participant Eligibility:

  • 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.

To locate current projects in your area, please visit:

Chalk board that says Never Stop Learning

Skip to content