Eligibility & Application

The McNair Scholars Program is highly competitive and serves a maximum of twenty-six students at any given time. New applicants are considered only once current scholars graduate from the university.

Currently Accepting Applications Through October 1st

Given the limited availability of student spots every year, meeting the eligibility requirements (see below) does not guarantee admission into the McNair cohort.

In addition, students must be willing to participate in the McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute, at least once, before graduation; present their research projects in at least two conferences (McNair or Academic conferences only); and have a commitment to participate in all McNair seminars, workshops, and activities until graduation.

To participate in the McNair Scholars Program, the U.S. Department of Education requires that participants are:

  • Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or of other eligible residency or nationality (see application for full eligibility list)

  • Enrolled full-time at Suffolk University with at least 42 credit hours completed at time of program entry

  • A sophomore with at least a 2.8 GPA or a junior with at least a 3.0 GPA with at least one semester left before graduation

In addition, students qualify on either one or both of the following:

  • Income eligible (see guidelines) and of first-generation status (neither parent has a bachelor's degree from the United States)


  • A member of a group historically underrepresented in graduate education, including Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders.

Application Materials

To download and complete an application:Download the Application [PDF].

To complete our online application, please email our Program Director, Jarvis Chen or our Academic and Research Advisor, Antonio Amaro Diaz for more information.

The application requires that you include the names of two recommenders. The program staff will reach out to them directly on your behalf. Note that at least one must be from a Suffolk professor.

For questions about the application or eligibility contact the program staff. Completed application materials and recommendation letters can be submitted in-person, by email, by mail, or by fax. See application and recommendation forms for details.