Cesar Bustos speaking at commencement

Students who intend to pursue a career that requires a Ph.D., and who meet the following criteria, may apply to the program:

  • At least 60 credit hours completed (senior status students must have one year remaining at NEIU).
  • US citizenship or permanent residency.
  • 2.8 or above cumulative GPA.
  • A mentor commitment from an NEIU faculty member.
  • Status as a first-generation college student with income eligibility and/or a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education.
  • A sincere desire to earn a doctoral degree.

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 University regulations and procedures when participating in program activities.
  • Comply with all McNair Scholars Program requirements, as detailed in the Participation Agreement.