NOTE: Both McNair Scholars (fr/soph) and Fellows (jr/sr) use the same application form but are evaluated with different expectations.

Applicants must fill out an online application, write a research proposal and personal statement (within online application) and submit the following required supporting documents.

1. Online Application (APPLICATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2016)
Click HERE to start the online application.

2. Research proposal and personal statement
The research proposal answers the following question:
"In your own words describe your research interests/question that could potentially be the basis of your McNair research project and propose methods for implementing it." (250-450 word limit)

The personal statement answers the following questions:
"What are your academic and research interests?  Why do you want to go to graduate school? How will participation in the McNair program fit into your long-range academic and professional plans?  Please include any research experience you may have, and other experiences that you have had that will help you succeed in graduate school." (300-500 word limit)

3. Required Supporting Documents

  • Signed copy of your parent's or legal guardian's most recent federal income tax form (or explanation if none filed)
  • Copy of financial aid award letter (a copy from your student portfolio is acceptable)
  • Copy of your transcript (a copy from your student portfolio is acceptable)
  • Names and e-mail addresses of two individuals from whom you are requesting references. Please provide your recommenders a copy of the McNair reference form. (Click here to download the reference form.)

Federal TRiO programs have income levels that must be met for participation in their US Dept. of Education programs. Information on current income guidelines can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html

If you have application questions, contact Ronnie Hendrix at 860-685-3165 or email rhendrix@wesleyan.edu