McNair Scholars Program Application Frequently Asked Questions

The 2023-2024 Cohort Application is open. To get started, please click HERE!

Questions about the application process? We are happy to answer any questions or address concerns.  Please email our McNair Graduate Assistants at for further assistance.

For more information about the McNair program, Click Here for our program FAQ page.

Yes. Once you click on “Apply”, you will be asked to submit your name and email to request a personalized link that will be emailed directly to you to get started on our application. Please check your spam/junk folder. Once received, please save that email with the link to access and return to your application at any time to complete it. To get started on your application, please click here.

Once you have assembled all of the necessary materials and information, the application form should take no longer than one hour to complete. Please take your time and complete the application to the best of your ability.

Your Statement of Purpose should provide the evaluators with information about the following (approximately 500 words):

  • Why are you considering going to graduate school, and what would you like to achieve there?
  • How will participation in the McNair Scholars Program assist you in getting there?
  • What research interests do you have, and which faculty would you be interested in working with on your McNair Research Project?
  • Other relevant information you think will add to the richness of your application.

You are encouraged to have multiple readers provide you with feedback on your statement before submission.

Your letter writers should be able to speak to your academic accomplishments, work ethic, and potential for success in McNair and graduate school. Faculty, Instructors, professional staff, and others who have served in a supervisory capacity for you may be individuals you ask to write a letter on your behalf. Letters from family members, roommates, or peers will not be considered.

No. The recommender(s) have two weeks after the application has been submitted completely. Once the application is submitted, the recommender(s) will be provided an email notifying them to fill out a quick survey and the option to submit a letter of recommendation.

We are happy to answer any questions or address concerns.  Please email our McNair Staff at for further assistance.