We encourage your application to the USD Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program; funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the University of San Diego. 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.

Please complete the application and include the statement of interest and items on the application list (see the statement of interest instructions and application checklist). Once we determine eligibility, we will contact you to discuss the next step. 


Statement of Interest Instructions and Application Checklist

Faculty Recommendation Form 


The application cycle is now closed. 

The next application cycle will open in the Fall of 2021. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us via email,, or via telephone at 619 260-7523. You can also read our FAQ page for more information.

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.