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 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: January 15th, 2023.

Standard Application Deadline:  February 28th, 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 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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