Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The University of Wisconsin – Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (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.

**If you know anyone who meets these eligibility requirements and has a strong desire and aptitude for graduate school, please direct them to the online application.

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

Up to $2,800
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is the highest level of education completed by your mother (parent 1) or guardian?
  2. What is the highest level of education completed by your father (parent 2) or guardian?
  3. Based on my parents'/guardians' most current federal income tax returns, I am a low-income student according to the income levels listed here
  4. Financial Information
    • Are you considered a dependent or independent student?
    • Are you receiving financial aid?
  5. If dependent student, please answer these questions to the best of your ability. If independent, please enter n/a to each of the questions.
    • 1. On whose taxes were you claimed last year?
    • 2. What was their taxable income?
    • 3. How many exemptions did they claim?
    • 4. What is the size of your household?
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