Application Requirements


Applicants must be recent graduates or soon to be graduates. An advanced degree must have been earned no earlier than two (2) years of a Fellow’s acceptance into the program.

Application Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on their technical and professional excellence, character, commitment to public service and academic achievement.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the eligibility requirement as defined above and must be able to pass background and security investigations.

Incomplete application packages will not receive further consideration and late submissions CANNOT be accepted.

Completed application package and supporting documents:

  1. Completed Resume
  2. Two letters of recommendation from previous employers, professors, coaches, internship supervisors, volunteer activity leads, or work colleagues addressing work ethic, academic ability and any other extracurricular activities.
  3. An endorsement letter from the applicant’s graduate institution (i.e., academic advisor, career counselor, guidance counselor, university dean or professor) addressing the applicant’s academic history and overall character (i.e., no record or honor investigations, plagiarism, accusations, suspension, misconduct, etc.)
  4. Unofficial transcripts of educational achievement at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  5. Provide an academic writing sample (i.e., published articles, dissertation, thesis, etc.)
  6. Provide compelling narratives:
    1. Career goals. Describe your career goals, areas of interest, and how the McCain Fellows Program will help you achieve those goals.
    2. Accomplishments. Describe and provide examples/evidence of any learning, professional, leadership and work accomplishments.
    3. Benefits for the Department of Defense. Describe how your selection benefits the DoD and your motivation for service in the Department.
    4. Essay. Describe what you want to accomplish and achieve during the fellowship.