McNair Fellowship

One of the TRIO programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the McNair Scholars Program was established in memory of Ronald E. McNair, physicist and astronaut, who died aboard the Challenger space shuttle. The McNair Program is a national effort to encourage first-generation college students of a specified income level, and students from other groups under-represented in graduate education, to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in college or university teaching.

First Year Fellowships are offered to former McNair scholars who are admitted to selected doctoral programs at Washington University. The Fellowship provides full tuition plus an enhanced First Year stipend.  Five years of support are guaranteed by a combination of University Fellowships and Assistantships.

The Application deadline for the McNair fellowship is January 25. Please note, this deadline may differ from your academic program's admission application deadline. To apply for the McNair Fellowship, complete a one page statement of purpose detailing how your experience as a McNair Scholar has shaped your desire to pursue a graduate degree.  Also discuss how your education as a McNair Scholar has prepared you for graduate study at Washington University. 

 

 

First Year Fellowships are offered for Ph.D. Programs in the following areas:

Anthropology
Art History and Archaeology
Chemistry
Comparative Literature 
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Economics
Education
English
German
History
Materials Science & Engineering
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Romance Languages
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