We encourage your application to the USD Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program; a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As a McNair Scholar you will become part of an elite group of USD students who participate in professional development and academic research training.

In addition to the application form and supporting documents, we request that you submit a Statement of Interest. The statement is used to assess your current research experience and gain an understanding of your academic goals.

Application [PDF]

Statement Instructions and Application Checklist [PDF]

Upon receiving your application we will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview is a formal discussion to establish eligibility for the program, and discuss your expectations as a future scholar.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us via email,, or via telephone at 619 260-7580.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: Once admitted as a McNair Scholar you are eligible to participate in the USD McNair Summer Research Program. Directions to submit a summer research proposal.