Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

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New Click here for the tentative “Go Live” date for the 2021-22 Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Annual Performance Report.

In preparation for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program competition, the Student Service Division will conduct 10 pre-application webinars. The webinars will take place starting March 7, 2022 through March 11, 2022. The webinars will be conducted virtually at 10:00 a.m. eastern time and again at 2:00 p.m. eastern time each day.

Click here to register and access the webinars.

This registration link will allow you to select the session(s) you would like to join. Once registered, you will be provided unique links to join your selected sessions.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education will host two webinars on the mechanics of the application submittal process. These sessions have been specifically designed to provide information on how to submit the application using and other submission tips. Additional information will be forthcoming on accessing these sessions.

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Program Office: Federal TRIO Programs

CFDA Number: 84.217A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: McNair, TRIO (McNair is one of eight TRIO programs.)

Program Description

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements. Institutions encourage participants to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

Types of Projects

All McNair projects must provide the following activities: opportunities for research or other scholarly activities; summer internships; seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study; tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. McNair projects may also provide the following additional activities: education or counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy of students; mentoring programs involving faculty members at institutions of higher education or students, or any combination of such persons; and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students.

Last Modified: 01/06/2023