McNair Program Receives Grant to 2022, Applications Open for New Scholars


Truman’s McNair program has been refunded by the U.S. Department of Education, and service to first-generation, income-eligible and underrepresented minority students will continue through at least September 2022.

The five-year award for more than $1.3 million in federal funds is matched by $97,850 per year in funds from Truman as well as generous in-kind support provided by University faculty and staff across campus offices.

Students participating in the Truman McNair program are encouraged to pursue graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or research doctorate degrees in a wide variety of fields. The program provides paid summer internships, graduate school preparation, faculty mentoring, academic advising and the opportunity to conduct an original research project as well as participate in a vibrant community of learners.

Truman McNair usually admits sophomores and juniors, but any student who has been involved in undergraduate research, or is potentially interested in doing so, is encouraged to meet with the McNair staff to determine whether they are eligible and whether the program may be a good fit for them. In this new grant cycle, Truman initiated a Pre-McNair Fellows program that allows McNair-eligible students with interest in graduate school to learn more about what they do.

Applications for new scholars will be accepted online through Oct. 1. For more information on the program, eligibility or the application process, visit, call 660.785.5393 or stop by the Adair Building and visit the staff.