McNair Graduate Fellowship
$18,000 to $25,000 stipend (depending on the field of study), plus tuition, subsidized health insurance and recruitment visit
The McNair Graduate Fellowship is for outstanding McNair Scholars entering Ph.D. or M.F.A. programs at Indiana University, Bloomington. The McNair Graduate Fellowship is intended to increase the number of underrepresented students who are first generation college students, low-income or minorities completing a Ph.D. degree, to increase the pool of underrepresented students pursuing careers in post-secondary education, and to establish role models for future minority students.
Each McNair Graduate Scholars will receive 4-5 years of support including stipend, tuition and subsidized health insurance. At least one year of the award is pure scholarship with no duties beyond continued progress towards the graduate degree. Annual stipends range from $18,000 - $25,000 depending on the discipline. For the remaining years, details of the guaranteed funding package depend on the department and will be a combination of other scholarships, research and/or teaching assistantships that cover full stipend, tuition and health insurance. For out-of-state students in the natural sciences, the five-year McNair Graduate Fellowship is worth approximately $200,000. Funds for a recruiting visit to Bloomington is also available for students offered a McNair Graduate Fellowship.
Nominees should have an outstanding academic background including GPA of at least 3.5. Continued funding each year will be determined by the Scholars’ adequate progress towards their Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree. In their nominations, departments will explain how funding of their nominee will increase the diversity of our graduate student community and/or contribute to the campus-wide effort to support the role of underrepresented students at the graduate student and faculty levels.
To be considered by a department for nomination to the McNair Graduate Fellowship, please submit an Indiana University Application Form for Admission and Financial Aid to the relevant graduate program by January 15. This form is available online at: