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During the student's program, they will be provided an additional Graduate School-funded Research Assistantship for either one semester for master's students or two semesters for doctoral students. This will result in either three semesters or five semesters of Graduate School-funded support for master's or doctoral students, respectively.
Departments will provide the remaining stipend and tuition waiver for the duration of the student's graduate program. When not on the Research Assistantship, the nominating department will assign assistantship duties for the awardee.
Faculty can nominate students applying to a Miami University graduate program who are currently a McNair Scholar or McNair alumni. An applicant awarded a Master's McNair Assistantship who subsequently applies to a doctoral program at Miami University is eligible for a Doctoral McNair Assistantship.
Nominations are due annually on Feb. 15 (round 1 consideration) or Mar. 15 (round 2 consideration), and they must be submitted by the Graduate Director or Department Chair using the Ronald E. McNair Assistantship Nomination form.
Nominations will be accepted after March 15 if awards are available.
The review process will start the week following Feb. 15 and Mar. 15, with decisions being announced within two weeks.
Selection will be based on excellence using a holistic review, considering the applicant's graduate admission application, and the department's recommendation (as provided in their nomination form).
The Graduate School is committed to advocating and supporting graduate programs dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and best teaching practices that promote diverse, globally aware graduate students and faculty.