GW/McNair Fellowships


Students who were McNair Fellows in their undergraduate programs at other universities who apply and are accepted to a graduate program at George Washington (students from the Schools of GWSPH, SMHS and Law are not eligible. Online degree programs are also not eligible.) will receive special consideration for the following merit-based awards:

  • Doctoral only: Stipend in addition to up to full-tuition award
  • Master's: 20,000 tuition award*
  • Awards are available each year and are stackable*. (Awards do not cover Summer Sessions.) Master's recipients are only eligible for tuition awards and may hold the fellowship for two years; doctoral students are eligible for any of the three awards and may hold the fellowship for three years. It is expected that the Fellow's school at GW award a Graduate Assistantship teaching, research or administrative for two additional years. McNair applicants will also be considered for lesser awards from academic departments or schools at GW.

    Only incoming student applicants at the following schools are eligible: CCAS, GWSB (Executive programs are not eligible), SEAS, ESIA, CPS and GSEHD.

    Students who were not McNair Fellows at their undergraduate institution are not eligible.

    Students working in a benefited position at GW are not eligible. Current GW graduate students are not eligible.

    Award Consideration Process

    Students who apply for and are admitted to GW and are McNair Scholars will automatically be considered for this fellowship. In order to confirm you are a McNair Scholar ypu must: complete a Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form (PDF). This document must be scanned and attached to your online application or submitted directly to the school to which you are applying.

    Note: Awards will be made by the end of April.

    *If you receive another award, you will need to check with the other unit (GW department or school) to ensure that award is also stackable and can be combined with this award (Master's awards only). Note that the total of combined awards cannot exceed the cost of tuition.