Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

We are pleased to announce that the UW-Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (known as McNair Scholars Program) is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Applications will remain open on the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) from August 1-September 1, 2019. Our program prepares undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds for doctoral studies.

The McNair Scholars Program is an academic excellence opportunity for undergraduate students with aspiration and strong academic potential for advancing toward doctoral (Ph.D.) study upon completing the bachelor’s degree. The program creates a bridge between undergraduate and graduate education through academic, research, and scholarly experiences.  Students selected for the McNair Scholars Program join a supportive community of peers, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Eligibility: UW Madison undergraduate student must meet either criterion (1) OR (2). All students must meet criterion (3) and (4).

1) First-generation college student as well as a low-income student

2) Member of traditionally underrepresented groups* in graduate education: African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian (*according to federal guidelines, Asian American, including Southeast Asian American are eligible under criterion 1).

3) A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.9 and 45 earned college credits.

4) US citizen or permanent resident.

*Preference will be given to applicants who meet criteria #1 and can participate in the program for a minimum of 12 full months (full academic year, including the summer before graduation). However, all eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the program, please visit the McNair Scholars Program website at or through email at


Audra K. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Director, McNair Scholars Program
The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
University of Wisconsin-Madison
408 Bascom Hall
Madison, WI 53706-3071

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This post was authored by Audra Hernandez on 08/19/2019.