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 Latino
  • 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: Friday, February 12th, 2021

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



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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
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