To be eligible for the McNair Scholars Program, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a UF undergraduate with 60 or more credit hours (have junior or senior standing) by summer 2018
  • Be a UF undergraduate within one to two years of graduation, but not graduating prior to May 2019
  • Have a 3.0 or higher overall grade point average
  • Meet at least one of the two eligibility criteria below:
    1. First-generation college student who also meets the federally established low-income guidelines, or 
    2. A member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (Black, Hispanic, Alaska Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander).
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. Click here for current Federal TRIO Program low-income levels.

Eligibility criteria are set by the US Department of Education. For more information, please e-mail the UF McNair Scholars Program at

When to Apply

All application materials are due by January 31, 2018 for the 2018-2019 program year.

Download Application Materials

Updated 12-06-2017

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application checklist
  • "Do I Qualify" form
  • Completed and signed application form
  • Copy of your most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages, 1-inch margins, 11 pt font, double-spaced)
  • Resume (maximum 2 pages) including, but not limited to: academic honors, involvement in student and professional organizations, extracurricular activities, and previous research experience
  • Three (3) recommendations (at least two must be from faculty members)
  • Proof of eligibility documentation, as applicable (e.g. income tax return, permanent resident card)

Where to Submit

Applications can be personally delivered or mailed to:
UF McNair Scholars Program
319 Infirmary Building
P.O. Box 113280
Gainesville, FL 32611-3280