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 underrepresented 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 deadline to apply is January 25th.
First-Year Fellowships are offered for PhD Programs in the following areas:
- Art History and Archaeology
- Comparative Literature
- Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Political Science
- Romance Languages