If you are a first generation college student who comes from a low income home or are a member of an underrepresented minority, please consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program.


Deadline: Monday, December 28, 2015


The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare low income and first generation or underrepresented minority undergraduates to apply to and succeed in research-intensive doctoral degree-granting graduate programs. The program will support you in your efforts by providing an intensive, paid research experience and numerous year-round activities and workshops. As a McNair Scholar you will join a well-recognized network of student researchers who are planning to pursue additional higher education.

The McNair Scholars Program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a laser physicist and Challenger space shuttle astronaut. McNair graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1971 and received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1976.  He was selected by NASA for the space shuttle program in 1978 and was mission specialist on the successful 1984 Challenger flight before his death in the space shuttle accident in 1986.  Those who knew Ronald McNair characterized him as fearless, determined, and accustomed to applying all available resources to any problem he faced.


To apply to the McNair Scholars Program you must currently be an undergraduate who will graduate no earlier than December 2016.


Please visit our local website ( or the national website ( to learn more about the program and determine if you are eligible to apply.


The linked application must be completed and submitted electronically on or before the deadline date of Monday, December 28, 2015.


An application will not be forwarded to the selection committee until a complete application is received.


Click here to begin the application.


If you would like to save the application and submit it later, please re-enter your email address when prompted. A link to your saved application will be sent to the address you provide.


Should you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Jen Barron by phone (812-855-4005) or by electronic mail (


If selected, you will receive academic and financial assistance that will ultimately help you pursue a graduate program of your choice leading to a doctoral degree.        


Indiana University McNair Scholars Program

Wells Library E546, 1320 E. 10th St.

Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: 812-855-4005