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 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.
To Apply - Submit a Statement of Purpose to:
Please ensure that you include the following information in your submission: McNair Fellowship Application, the Department to which you are applying, and your Name.
First-Year Fellowships are offered for PhD Programs in the following areas: