The McNair Scholars Program 2023 Application Portal Opens August 21!

The UW-Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year on Monday, August 21st! Applications will remain open on the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through October 1st, 2023.

The McNair Scholars Program is an academic excellence opportunity for undergraduate students with aspirations and strong academic potential for advancing toward doctoral (Ph.D.) study upon completing the bachelor’s degree. The program bridges 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 alums. For more information about the program, please visit the McNair Scholars Program website at or email at

All majors are welcome to apply!

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 the federally-defined underrepresented groups in graduate education: African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian
  3. A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.8 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.


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This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 08/20/2023.