The Final Deadline to join the 
2020-2021 Cohort has passed.

Applications to join the 
2021-2022 will open
Fall 2020.


Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are also either:

(1) First-generation college students who are also low-income.


(2) Students from groups historically under-represented in US higher education as defined by the Higher Education Act (Black/African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander).

Additionally, applicants to the UO McNair Scholars Program must:

  • Have earned at least 75 undergraduate credits and be classified as a “Junior”, but not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have completed (or be enrolled in) some upper division course work in the major.
  • Have a GPA that is competitive for entry into graduate school.
  • Be committed to success and the pursuit of graduate education.

Applicants can check their program eligibility by filling out the form shared below and sending it to the Program office for verification.

McNair Eligiblity Form 2019-2020

Common Questions

Q: I’m a transfer student. Can I get my letters of recommendation submitted by non-UO faculty?

A: Yes, but you should try to get one of your two letters submitted from the UO. The other can be from your previous institution.

Q: I’m an international student. Can I be a McNair Scholar?

A: Unfortunately, only US Citizens or Permanent Residents can apply for this program, which is federally-funded by the US Department of Education. 

Q: I’m a post-bacc or graduate student. Can I be a McNair Scholar?

A: Our program is geared towards students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree yet. Only students who are academically classified as “juniors” or “seniors” are eligible.

Q: Does this program provide a scholarship?

A: The primary purpose of this program is geared towards helping students prepare for and apply to graduate school during their time in an undergraduate program. While there is some funding for specific parts of this experience (summer research and related expenses as well as for the McNair class), there is not substantial financial support that the program itself provides for its students.