Eligibility & Selection

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Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Program Director
African American Studies
Room 9.63.07 NB

Dr. Ernest Lee
Associate Director
Room 9.63.11 NB

Ms. Stephanie Rojas
Program Assistant 
Room 9.63.01 NB


John Jay College’s McNair Scholars Program accepts 27 students each year to participate in its year long academic and summer research program.

Requirements for Admission

  • Genuine interest in pursuing a doctoral degree;
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency;
  • 3.0 or better grade point average;
  • Upper Sophomore or Junior rank (i.e., 60-75 credits* completed);
  • Low-income background, first generation college student and/or a member of a group under represented in graduate education (especially African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander).

*Note: Sophomores are eligible to apply if they are of je summer research Selection Process

The selection process for the McNair Scholars Program is competitive. A complete application includes the application form, a personal statement or approximately 250 words, at least two letters of recommendation and an unofficial transcript. After receipt of a complete application, each applicant will be interviewed. All applicants will be notified of their admission status as soon as a decision is made.

For an application, click here.

For a recommendation form, click here. (Two recommendations are required.)

Applications can be printed from this website or picked up from Room 9.62.01. All applications are to be returned to:

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
Department of African American Studies
524 W. 59th Street, Room 9.62.01 NB
New York, NY 10019