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Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship

The McNair Graduate Fellowship program enhances opportunities for our campus doctoral programs to recruit and retain outstanding McNair alumni from institutions across the country. The AY 22-23 McNair Graduate Fellowship is an enhancement package that may total $40,000 per student over the duration of the award.  Since the inauguration of the McNair Graduate Fellowship program, 63 exceptional students have been recruited to the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be alumni or alumnae of a McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and must be a newly admitted graduate student planning to enroll in Fall 22 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Candidates must also have exceptional qualifications and a clear promise for outstanding performance in doctoral study. Students are nominated by a UMD department/program.

Nomination Deadline: For best consideration, please submit nominations by Monday, January 31, 2022.  We will continue to accept nominations after this date, as long as funding is still available.

McNair Graduate Fellowship Guidelines  (AY 2022-23)

Nomination Coversheet


Who was Ronald E. McNair?

Ronald Erwin McNair (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and physicist. In 1978, McNair was selected as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the NASA astronaut program. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-41-B aboard Challenger from February 3 to February 11, 1984, becoming the second African American to fly in space. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger  in which he was serving as one of three mission specialists in a crew of seven.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also referred to as the McNair Scholars Program, is a United States Department of Education initiative with a goal of increasing "attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society," including first-generation low-income individuals and members from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in graduate programs.  The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland is a Graduate School initiative with the same goal.  


Award Recipients

AY 2021-22 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2020-21 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2019-20 McNair Graduate Fellows

AY 2018-19 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2017-18 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2016-17 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2015-16 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2014-15 McNair Graduate Fellows
AY 2013-14 McNair Graduate Fellows