Letters of Recommendation

Your letters of recommendation are an important component of your application and should be taken seriously. Your letters should come from people who know you well and can speak to why you are a good fit for the award you are applying for. Since your application as a whole is painting a picture of who you are, consider how each letter writer can support other components of your application. Help your letter writers write strong letters for you by ensuring that you provide them with information about the fellowship or award you are applying for as well as the details of your project. In doing so, your professors will be able to tailor their letters to the specific fellowship. Avoid submitting general letters of recommendation that could be used for multiple purposes. Most importantly, make sure to allow enough time for your professors to compose and submit the letters before the deadline! Below are some additional resources to help as you prepare your application materials.


Asking for Recommendations | Brown University

Obtaining Letters of Recommendation | Drexel University

Advice: How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation | University of Maryland

For Candidates: How to Request Recommendation Letters | Amherst College


For letter writers:

How to Write a Recommendation Letter | The Professor Is In

Writing Letters of Recommendation | Brown University

Guidelines: Letters of Recommendation for Fellowship Applicants | University of Dayton

Writing Letters of Recommendation | Yale University