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The University of Alabama Graduate School awards a limited number of McNair Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are specifically for entering graduate students who have either completed a McNair Scholars program as an undergraduate or who are McNair eligible; i.e., low income AND first-generation college student or a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (Hispanic, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander). To be considered for the fellowship, a student must be admitted to a degree-seeking program. Preference is given to students who have completed a McNair program and have been accepted into a Ph.D. program at The University of Alabama.
The service-free stipend for these fellowships is $15,000 for the academic year plus a scholarship to pay full tuition for up to 15 hours for fall and spring semesters in each academic year, according to the basic UA schedule for in-state/out-of-state tuition and fees. The Graduate School will provide single health insurance coverage for each recipient. Departments may elect to add a graduate assistantship up to .50 FTE to the first two years of the McNair Graduate Fellowship. A student must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to remain eligible for the fellowship.
Following two years of stipend and tuition support from the Graduate School, the student’s home department will be required to continue to support the McNair Graduate Fellow for at least an additional two years through departmental research and teaching assistantships or on grant-funded research assistantships or fellowships. For master’s students the Graduate School will provide one year of support followed by one year of support by the student’s home department.
Nominations may be made by department or by student (with departmental support and funding commitment). For detailed application procedure, please visit Financial Assistance Handbook (Section 3.4).
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