McNair Scholars at a luncheon in 2018

Students with a sincere desire to earn a doctoral degree and who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • First-generation and low-income college student OR a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education as defined by the Department of Education
  • At least 60 credit hours completed (senior status students must have one year remaining at NEIU)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (4.0)
  • Available to participate in a full- time summer internship
  • US citizenship or permanent residency

To maintain eligibility in the program, a participant must:

  • Fully participate in all program events and complete all assignments
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA (minimum)
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate meeting schedule with the faculty mentor
  • Comply with all federal, state and local laws and all NEIU regulations and procedures when participating in program activities
  • Comply with all McNair Scholars Program requirements as detailed in the Participation Agreement


Please fill out an online application or request a paper copy
by emailing and dropping it off
in Building B-141.