Program Information


Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs, also known as McNair Scholars Programs, prepare university undergraduates (juniors and seniors) who are low-income, first generation, and/or members of groups underrepresented in graduate education for entry into Ph.D. programs.  The U.S. Department of Education currently funds 187 of these programs nationally. In September 2017, the UNT McNair Scholars Program received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Education for another five years of funding. In addition, the University of North Texas Office of the Provost and VIce President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation contribute funds directly in support of the McNair Scholars. 

UNT’s McNair Scholars Program provides students selected as McNair Scholars with research opportunities, faculty mentors, and a variety of services to successfully complete the baccalaureate degree and prepare for graduate school. The goal of all program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented segments of society to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree.


The U.S. Department of Education and the UNT McNair Scholars Program have set the following eligibility requirements. You may qualify for the program if you meet all of these criteria:

  • you come from a household where neither parent has a four-year degree
  • you come from a low-income household
  • you are a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education
  • your ultimate educational goal is a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree
  • you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • your GPA is a 3.0 or above
  • you want to conduct research with the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • you need assistance navigating the graduate school process
  • you have at least four long semesters at UNT before you graduate (conventionally, this means you must have a minimum of 60 credit hours by the beginning of your first summer as a McNair Scholar) 

Services & Benefits

  • Participate in
    • Faculty-mentored research
    • Professional conferences
  • Receive stipends
    • Participants receive stipends for research during the academic year. Summer stipends are provided to scholars who meet specific criteria for summer research. Stipends are provided for the summer by the U.S. Department of Education and by the University of North Texas for the academic year.
  • Prepare for graduate school
    • Intensive GRE preparation
    • Preparing your graduate school applications
    • Securing graduate admission
    • Visiting graduate schools
  • Receive Advising
    • Academic counseling
    • Career advising
    • Financial aid advising
    • Tutoring

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