The McNair Scholars Program is Now Accepting Applications!

The UW-Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! 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. For more information about the program, please visit the McNair Scholars Program website at or email at

Applications will remain open on the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through October 17th, 2021.

Link to WiSH portal:

Additional Opportunity for Fall 2021: This year, we are happy to announce the McNair-CHM Scholars Program. This dual program is between The DDEEA/McNair Scholars Program and the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM). The CHM’s mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. The Center draws from an understanding of neural and psychological processes, ancient wisdom and contemplative practice to understand the mind in four areas of focus—Mind, Brain, and Emotion; Well-being in Adults; Well-being in Infants and Children; and Learning Well-being.

The McNair Staff are hosting two *virtual* informational sessions for interested students:
Zoom Link:

  • Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 AM CT
  • Monday, October 4th at 4 PM CT

Eligibility: UW Madison undergraduate students must meet either criterion (1) OR (2). All students must meet criteria (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 Americans, including Southeast Asian Americans, 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.

McNAir Fall 2021 Application Flier