About Us

Named for Ronald E. McNair, a prominent African-American Astronaut who overcame extreme prejudice to become the second African American in space, the McNair Scholars Program is committed to fostering the academic self-efficacy of marginalized students. Whether low-income, first-generation, or otherwise underrepresented, the McNair Program provides an intersectional home for students who are often academically disenfranchised.

Each year, up to 30 McNair Scholars are selected to participate in the program, which takes place throughout the Spring semester and subsequent Summer. These 30 students are given a generous stipend, support from faculty mentors and the McNair Staff, and the opportunity to pioneer their own research. Scholars are encouraged to undertake research that relates to their lived experiences, and they share this research by presenting at our National Ronald E. McNair Scholars Symposium and publishing in The Berkeley McNair Research Journal. The Berkeley McNair Program vehemently believes that research is not divorced from the self but comes from the ways we move through and access the world.

We hope you consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program. We would love to have you join our family of scholars! Please explore our website, and feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Funding for the McNair Scholars Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as part of the Federal TRiO program, and is overseen on the UC Berkeley campus by Division of Equity and Inclusion.