McNair/Gateway Scholars Program USC

Apply! USC McNair/Gateway Scholar

Submit an online Application (CLOSED)

APPLICATION IS CLOSED. The next application cycle for 2015-16 will become available in the Fall 2015 semester. Go here for the online application: You will be asked to use your USC login information (username and password). Applying early is highly recommended. Due date: November 10, 2014, 12 p.m. We recommend that you review all sections of the online application before beginning to work on it. Note the two essay prompts and all the other important information that you will be asked to fill in before submitting. Prior to entering your information online, we recommend that you copy and save the application as a PDF or Word document so that you can easily reference while not online. Doing this will allow you to prepare and gather all necessary information. REMINDER: A COMPLETED APPLICATION INCLUDES:

  1. Submission of an online application including the two essays
  2. The following supplemental documents can be emailed to or delivered to the McNair/Gateway Office, GFS 315 U:
  3. A resume/CV
  4. One faculty letter of recommendation, second letter is optional
  5. Copies of 2013 Tax Information that shows Gross & Net Income
  6. Copies of USC STARS Report
Applicants: For supplemental documents being emailed as part of your application, please include the following SUBJECT LINE: "McNair/Gateway Application Materials: First Name, Last Name" -ex: "McNair/Gateway Application Materials: Tommy Trojan" Faculty Member: For the faculty member sending your letter of recommendation via email to, please have him/her include the following SUBJECT LINE if possible: "McNair/Gateway LOR for Student's First and Last Name" -ex: "McNair/Gateway LOR for Tommy Trojan"

Attend a McNair/Gateway Scholars Program Information Session

Learn about program benefits, interact with current scholars, and enjoy refreshments. Refer to the flyer below for details. RSVP for an information by submitting an email to

2014 McNair-Gateway Scholars Program Information Flyer.pdf

Who Can Apply? What's the program eligibility?

  • Must be a USC undergraduate enrolled full-time with sophomore, junior, or senior status (only seniors that will NOT be graduating Spring/Summer 2015 are eligible)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • All USC undergraduate majors are eligible. Yes ANY MAJOR!
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident status
  • Strong desire to pursue graduate-level studies, especially at the Ph.D.-level
  • Strong desire to learn about how to conduct formal research and to engage in a real-world research project
  • Enroll in or attend weekly a Spring 2015 Research Methods Course/Graduate School Preparation Seminar (only on Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.)
  • Available to participate full-time in the Summer 2015 Research Training & Graduate School Preparation Institute
  • AND must meet one of the following criteria: (1) First-generation College Student; (2) From a Low-income background (using federal income guidelines); (3) From an Underrepresented background in higher education (Black/African American, Chicano(a)/Mexican American, Latino(a)/Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan, & Pacific Islander). Please note that the program is open to all students so long as they meet one of the aforementioned criteria.

First generation college is defined by the Federal government as a student who has not resided with or received primary support from a parent who has received a BA degree or equivalent.

Low-income guidelines are established by the federal government. Please refer to to determine if you meet this criteria.

The US Department of Education considers the following students as underrepresented in higher education: Black/African American, Chicano(a)/Mexican American, Latino(a)/ Hispanic American, Native American, Native Alaskan, and Asian Pacific Islander to be underrepresented in higher education.