Eligibility, Benefits, and Application Instructions


Applicants Must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education.

 Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as:

  • African-American
  • American Indian/ Alaska Native
  • Hispanic or LatinX
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander


  • 10 week summer research experience
  • $3,500 stipend, plus on-campus housing and meal plan for the 10-week summer program
  • Free GRE or LSAT Exam Preparation
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Graduate school application preparation and fee waivers
  • GRE fee reduction waivers

Application Requirements

Provide complete information, two references, a copy of your most recent personal (independent status) or family (dependent status) federal tax return (1040), and a copy of your transfer transcripts (if applicable). 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. * Please note that tax documents must be hand delivered to the McNair office. However, given the current health pandemic, please email all tax documents to

Have your (2) references send a one page letter of recommendation to the McNair Office. Your letter 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.

This year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Application Deadline: 

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 TYPED personal statement. In your statement, be sure to discuss your background (first generation, immigrant/child of immigrants, low-income, underrepresented, etc.), your journey to your current major and how your background has influenced your decision to pursue your major and graduate education. We are also interested in what you'd like to study in graduate school and any previous research experience, study abroad, internships, etc. you may have. Be sure to also discuss why you want to be a McNair Scholar.
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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.
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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.
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Please provide us with the names of two (2) faculty members 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 to the McNair Faculty Director, Dr. Iain Crawford 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

This year we are implementing a rolling deadline. The earlier you submit a complete application, including two letters of recommendation, the greater your chances of admission. We would like to have received all applicants by Friday, February 25th, 2022, though past experience shows that our cohort is mostly filled by February, so we encourage students to apply in the fall. Each application will be reviewed upon being received, so it is in your best interest to try and submit your application as early as possible.

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Paper Application

If you do not want to apply online, please submit application and supporting documents to:
University of Delaware McNair Scholars Program
180 South College Ave
Click here for the UD McNair Application
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