Information and Instructions

Application Requirements


  • Provide complete information on application (submitted online)
  • Two references (submitted online)
  • Copy of your most recent personal (independent status) or family (dependent status) federal tax return (1040) (emailed to
  • If you do not have a copy of your most recent income tax return, you may call 1-800-TAX-1040 to request an income tax summary.

Have your 2 references (one faculty, one faculty/advisor/supervisor) go to the Recommendations link (menu above) to submit their letters. Your letters of recommendation may include your assessment of the student’s ability to:

  • Think analytically
  • Conduct research
  • Be responsible and mindful
  • Communicate (verbal/written)
  • Take initiative and work independently
  • Succeed at the graduate level
  • Manage multiple academic and extracurricular commitments
  • Contribute to a collaborative learning community like the McNair Scholars Program.

Early Decision Application Deadline: October 27, 2023.

Standard Application Deadline:  November 27, 2023

Note: Missing or incomplete information will delay the processing of your application.



McNair Application Form

Personal Information

Academic Information

Non-UD or Previous Schools: In chronological order, list any colleges or universities, other than UD, you have previously attended.

Family Information

Financial Information

Please note that if you are claiming low-income status, you will be required to submit your tax information as well as your parents.

Personal Statement

Please attach your 500 word minimum, TYPED personal statement. In your statement, please be sure to include the following: 1) How your background (first generation, immigrant/child of immigrants, low-income, underrepresented, etc.) shaped your journey to your current major/area of interest and graduate school plans moving forward. 2) Any previous research experience, study abroad, internships, etc. you may have. 3) What research topics or areas of research would you like to pursue over the summer. 4) How can the McNair Scholars Program help you achieve your current and future plans.

Maximum file size: 52.43MB


Please attach your resume to your completed application form. You can include honors and awards, extra-curricular activities, conferences presented, publications (if any), work experience, language, hobbies, etc.

Maximum file size: 52.43MB


Please attach a copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). If you have transferred to UD from another institution, please also attach that transcript.

Maximum file size: 52.43MB


Please provide us with the names of two recommenders (one faculty, second faculty/advisor/supervisor) who can assess your aptitude for research and motivation to attend graduate school.

Please have your two references send a one page letter of recommendation online (on our website under recommendations tab) at: Each letter of recommendation may include an assessment of the student’s ability to: Think analytically, Conduct research, Be responsible and mindful, Communicate (verbal/written), Take initiative and work independently, Succeed at the graduate level, Manage multiple academic extracurricular commitments, Contribute to a collaborative learning community like the McNair Scholars Program.

Application Checklist

Your application cannot be evaluated unless all information has been completed and submitted. We must receive all information by the deadline specified below. Please check all items below prior to submission:

Application Deadline

We would like to have received all applications by Monday, April 3rd, 2023. Please keep in mind that this is the extended deadline, meaning each application will be reviewed upon being received until all open spots are filled. Therefore, we would like students to know it is in their best interest to try and submit the application as early as possible.

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