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Initiatives for McNair Scholars

Waiver of application fees

McNair Scholars can receive a waiver of application fees by providing certification from their local McNair program director.

Applying for McNair assistant positions

The Graduate School has funds to support graduate assistant positions for previous McNair Scholars. If your department admits a McNair Scholar, you can submit the scholar’s credentials to request one of these awards. This award does not count as part of your department’s assistant allocation.

You’ll need to provide the following information to have an applicant considered:

  • A brief letter from the program advisor highlighting the candidate’s strengths and duties as an assistant. If you can show how these duties fit with the applicant’s personal career goals, you’ll have a stronger case. 
  • A copy of the student’s credentials including transcripts, scores on the Graduate Record Exam or other standardized tests, personal statement, copies of reference letters originally submitted for application, and verification the student is a McNair Scholar

McNair graduate assistants receive the same stipends as other graduate assistants in the department and must attend school full time. The award is for one year and can be renewed for one additional year.



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