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Application Instructions

A complete application will have the following documents submitted:
1.    Completed McNair Scholar Application
2.    Unofficial Transcripts from all colleges attended
3.    Student Aid Report (SAR). Download from the following website:
4.    2 page personal statement:
On a separate sheet, in 250-300 words please provide a clear description of the following:

  • What Ph.D. program are you interested in pursuing?
  • Why you chose this field? What are your career goals?
  • What research topic would you like to investigate as a McNair Scholar?
  • Why is this topic worth researching?

5.    5-10 page writing sample (This can be a paper from a course you have completed.)
6.    2 letters of recommendation on department letterhead with the recommendation form from Hunter College professors
7.    Financial documentation

  • Signed Copy of the most recent US or Puerto Rico Income Tax Return
  • If you are a dependent, submit a copy of your parent(s) current tax return (1040). 


  • Income verification letter from the appropriate agency from Public Assistance or Social Security.

Submit the completed application to Hunter College’s McNair Scholars Program, Room 1238 East. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact the McNair Scholars Program at

Click HERE to view the application.

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