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Eligibility & Application

The McNair Program is federally funded and has certain eligibility requirements. Students are eligible for participating if they meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have completed 60 credit hours (junior status)
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Be first generation college student (neither parent has completed a four-year college degree) from a low-income background, or belong to a group underrepresented in doctoral studies, including African American, Native American/Alaskan Natives, Latino American/Puerto Ricans and Pacific Islanders.

The application package consists of an application form and three recommendation letters. A personal statement should also be submitted along with the application package. Here is an example of a personal statement to make the process a little easier.  

If you would like any additional information about the McNair program, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website.