Apply to McNair


A participant must meet the following requirements before becoming a McNair Scholar:

  • Quarter and Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed at least 60 units (Transfers Exempt)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Intention to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation
  • Low income as defined by the US Department of Education and a first generation college student (where neither parent completed a 4-year degree) or a student underrepresented in graduate education as defined by US Department of Education (African American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian

Program Requirements and Expectations

All McNair participants are required to commit in writing to all program requirements and expectations. For a complete list, please contact us. Some requirements and expectations include:

  • Participation in the UCSB Summer Research Program
  • Attendance at weekly and/or bi-weekly seminars
  • Completion of a one year academic research project
  • Presentation of research at a national conference and at the UCSB undergraduate symposium
  • Preparation for the GRE general examination
  • Completion of a doctoral degree within ten (10) years of attaining a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara

Application Materials Required

To apply to the UCSB McNair Scholars Program you will need to obtain or produce the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff at UCSB or the community college you attended - one letter must be from a faculty member, instructor/lecturer, or a teaching assistant (TA). Please have your recommender submit their letter to us at and we will upload it to your application.
  • Three short statements (approximately 300-400 words each)- Please begin an application to see the prompts.
  • Unofficial transcripts from UCSB and any community college you may have attended. Please email transcripts to
  • Student Aid Report - obtained from Please email SAR to





October 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM

  • New UCSB Transfer students with expected graduation of Spring/Summer 2023
  • UCSB Students graduating Spring/Summer 2023 who have prior research experience and a secured faculty mentor

To learn more, please attend one of our information sessions.

Winter Quarter TBD

  • Sophomore students expecting to graduate Spring/Summer 2024

To learn more, please attend one of our information sessions.

  • TBD



*Please note that you must be logged onto your UCSB email address to access our application portal*