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McNair Scholars Resources

University Resources for McNair Scholars

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who perished with the Challenger mission, this Federal TRIO Program for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare for and enter graduate and Ph.D. programs. Participants of the McNair Scholars Program include academically talented, low-income, first-generation students, and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.

As a McNair Scholar at the University, you have access to many resources that can enhance your University experience.

Programs, Conferences, and Fellowships

The Graduate School offers application fee grants ($75) to McNair Scholars. To qualify, students must meet eligibility requirements and complete the Request for Application Fee Grant Form at least two weeks before your program deadline. We will notify you of your eligibility and inform the graduate program(s) that you are interested in applying.

Application Fee Grant for Fall 2020

  • The University deadline for Fall 2020 applicants to request and submit an Application Fee Grant is December 15, 2019. Specific graduate programs may have different deadlines.
  • If your program’s deadline is earlier than December 15, 2019, we will not pay for application fees after your program deadline.
  • If your program’s deadline is after December 15, 2019 and you need more time, you can opt to pay and submit your own application.

You Can Apply for an Application Fee Grant if:

  • You are a McNair Scholar.
  • You have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above.
  • You are entering graduate school for the first time or have not received a post-baccalaureate degree.

Important Application Information

Only one application fee grant will be allowed per student to apply to a University of Minnesota Graduate School program. Students may opt to apply to more than one program; however, only one application fee can be paid by our office.

The Application Fee Grant does not apply to the following professional programs, which are not administered by the Graduate School:

  • UMN College of Veterinary Medicine
  • UMN Carlson School of Management
  • UMN Medical School
  • UMN Law School
  • UMN School of Public Health
  • The School of Public Health has its own McNair Scholar fee waiver process. Please contact Emily Dunsworth or visit SOPHAS for more information.
  • For Psychology Ph.D. McNair Prospective Students: due to the high volume of application fee requests, please refer to the Psychology McNair Webpage for information on how to obtain a possible departmental application fee grants.

Helpful Additional Resources for Prospective McNair Scholars

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship is administered by the Graduate School Diversity Office. At least two DOVE fellowships will be awarded to McNair Scholar nominees each year.

McNair Scholars are eligible for the University’s Professional Education Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to assist professional degree programs in promoting a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences.

The University of Minnesota attends McNair Scholar Symposiums around the country to attract McNair Scholars.


University of Minnesota McNair Summer 2020 Visitation Program (updated information will be available in April)

The Admissions and Diversity Offices invite McNair Scholars to our Summer McNair Visitation Program, held once a month in June, July, and August. Programming consists of a presentation on the graduate admissions process, opportunities to meet with faculty and staff from your programs of interest, and a staff-led tour of the Minneapolis campus. More than 225 McNair Scholars attend these events each summer.

Last year, we had approximately 230 McNair Scholars from more than 15 programs attended our summer programs.

To make a reservation for the McNair Summer Visit, please complete this online form.

We ask that you make reservations at least one month prior to the desired date of your visit. Once you complete the form, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please note that space is limited for each day of activities.

Day of Event:

We ask you to arrive at 8:30 a.m. in room 155 Nicholson Hall. At 9:00 a.m. There will be a Graduate School Admission staff presentation about the process of applying for admission to a graduate program. After the presentation, you'll have the opportunity to take a staff-led tour of the campus; the tour will start at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will last one hour. Following the campus tour at 11:15 a.m., students are encouraged to meet with faculty and staff of their desired program to discuss their research interests and to learn about the program.

McNair Packet:

Upon arrival in room 155 Nicholson Hall, students will be given a packet of information that will include the following: copy of the presentation, campus map, Graduate School Diversity Brochure, as well as other pertinent information.

Dates of Events:

Tuesday, June 25 CLOSED
Tuesday, July 16 CLOSED
Tuesday, August 6*


Room 155 Nicholson Hall, East Bank


8:30-9:00 a.m. Meet Graduate School/GSDO Staff (beverages provided)
9:00-10:30 a.m. Applying to Graduate Schools Presentation
10:30-11:30 a.m. Campus Tour (optional)
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch and Faculty/Staff appointments (on your own)

*If you choose to visit the campus on Tuesday, August 6th, we invite you to attend the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium the following day on Wednesday, August 7. This event highlights the research of more than a hundred of undergraduate scholars who are conducting research under the direction of distinguished faculty mentors at the University of Minnesota. 

Graduate School Programs Brochure

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty and staff in their desired program(s) to discuss research interests and to learn about the program. To set up an appointment for specific programs, please go to the Twin Cities Graduate Programs website. Select the desired program and click on “Program At-A-Glance” in order to obtain the contact information of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC). We encourage you to start with the GPC.

Students interested in the field of Psychology should be aware that the University of Minnesota has a wealth of programs that may be appropriate for your visit. This Psychology Brochure lists some of our graduate programs in the field of psychology.

Students interested in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics; Integrative Biology and Physiology; Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics; Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology) please contact:

Jon Gottesman, Ph.D. - Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education And Training (BGREAT), University of Minnesota 742 Mayo MMC293, 420 Delaware St. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455-0341, 612.624-1181 | |

Students interested in the School of Public Health, please contact: Emily Dunsworth, Coordinator for Student Recruitment & Engagement, School of Public Health, D305 Mayo, 612-625-0498,,

If you need assistance in selecting an appropriate program, please contact Derek Maness:

East River Road Garage offers nearby and convenient parking, and is connected to Coffman Student Union. 

To download campus maps, please visit the Parking and Transportation Services website.

The following hotels are recommendation and are not endorsed by the University of Minnesota.

The following accommodations are close to the University of Minnesota. Be sure to ask for the University of Minnesota rate when making a reservation.

The Graduate Hotel is located on the East Bank campus and is the closest hotel to the event (only a 15 minute walk to the presentation); the guests would also have access to the U of MN Recreation Center. The Days Inn, DoubleTree and Hampton Inn are located on the eastern edge of the East Bank campus next to the TCF Bank Stadium (about a 20-30 minute walk to the presentation). The Courtyard by Marriott is on the West Bank campus two blocks from the Carlson School of Management building. 

Graduate Hotel (East Bank Campus)
615 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis
(612) 379-8888
Approx. $160/night + tax + parking
Located on the Green Line Light Rail

Days Inn by Wyndham
2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
(612) 623-3999
Approx. $122/night + tax (upon availability)
Sleeps 1-4 people. Includes continental breakfast, free local phone service, and free
shuttle service to the University.
Located on the Green Line Light Rail

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis
(612) 333-4646
Approx. $135/night single + tax + parking

DoubleTree Minneapolis-University Area
511 Huron Blvd. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 504-3000

Hampton Inn Minneapolis University Area
2812 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
(612) 400-1680

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McNair Scholar Alumni at the University

The University of Minnesota McNair Program began in 1991 (one of the longest-running in the country) and has over 400 alumni. We encourage you to visit the University McNair office and discover the many resources and support networks you have available.

For more information, please contact Anthony Albecker, Director of the McNair Scholars Program.

McNair Scholar Ambassadors

The McNair Scholar Ambassadors Program enables prospective McNair Scholars to connect with previous McNairs Scholars alumni, whom are also current or former graduate students of the University of Minnesota. The Ambassadors invite prospective McNair Scholars to ask about their campus experiences, graduate programs, and the Twin Cities communities.

For more information, please contact Derek Maness.

Get Connected

If you are a McNair Scholar, we encourage you to complete the Graduate School’s Request for Information Form so you can receive important information about graduate programs and the application process. On the form, please check the box that indicates “I am a McNair Scholar.”

If you have any questions about the McNair Scholar process, please contact Derek Maness in the Graduate School Diversity Office.