Appli​c​ations for the 2023 cohort are now open 

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is designed to prepare students who are primarily from low-income, first generation college students​, and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies.

The program is open to undergraduate (bachelor's level) students​. A student who wishes to pursue doctoral study, enhance their research and writing skills, and participate in a faculty-led research project should apply! The program offers services including but  not limited to 

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  • Overall assistance with preparing for graduate school 
  • Faculty-led, paid summer research internship
  • Assistance with graduate school applications and identifying opportunities for graduate school funding
  • Access to peer mentors currently enrolled in graduate programs 
  • Tutoring services
  • Workshops exclusively for McNair Scholars on topics such as Resume Writing, Interviewing, Fellowship Research Strategies, How to Build a LinkedIn Profile, Grant Writing, and Defeating Imposter Syndrome! 
  • ​​​​​​Opportunities to present at conferences including assistance with paying for conference registration ​​fees, transportation, and lodging for scholars.​

The McNair Scholars Program at TCSPP is one of approximately 200 such programs nationwide. McNair serves the very important function of preparing over 5,000 McNair Scholars for graduate study.​

Contact Us! 

[email protected] | 202-706-5036


  • Rising juniors and seniors enrolled in a TCSPP undergraduate (bachelor's degree) program who are U.S. Citizens

    • Credit count can include transfer credits from other institutions

    • Students classified as sophomores or first year ​are eligible to apply and will participate in the summer research project in the summer of thei​r junior or senior year.

  • 2.85 minimum Cumulative GPA 

  • Two-thirds of all scholars must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the US Department of Education​) and be First-Generation College students.​​

  • One-third of all scholars may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education.

  • Students interested in attending graduate school and pursuing doctoral studies.

  • Scholars must demonstrate strong academic progress and promise.

Applications Are now open​ HERE​​​​


  • Completed Online Application
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Essay of Intent: 
    • Requirements: 
      • Detail why you applied to and chose to attend TCSPP
      • Explain your understanding of the McNair Scholars Program and how the program is a good fit for your needs and goals
      • 250 to 300 words maximum, double spaced

​Priority Deadline for Consideration: January 31, 2023

McNair Information Sessions: 


We hosted McNair Scholars Information Sessions via Zoom every Wednesday. Sessions are no longer being held.

Missed a session? View it in its entirety, here. ​​