Requesting Letters of Recommendation
Faculty members are asked to write many letters each year. Please read the guidelines below before submitting your request.
Can I write for you? If I am your thesis advisor, or if you've taken a course with me where I got to know you and your work well, I can write for you. If the course(s) you've taken with me had a TF, you should ordinarily ask your TF for the letter as they will be best placed to speak about your work.
- Email your request at least two weeks in advance of the letter deadline (especially if I've not written for you in the past).
- Send a separate email for each letter you need.
- In the email subject line note the deadline first, then the letter’s purpose (faculty position, postdoc, etc.) and/or destination (e.g.: “10 October, Rhodes Scholarship”).
- To the email, attach (in DOC or PDF format) your current CV; transcript; statement of purpose (draft ok); and the description of the fellowship/job/grant with its specific requirements.
- In the body of the email, be clear about HOW the letter should be submitted: online, by email, etc.
- If you think you'll need more than a few letters please consider using an online dossier service such as Interfolio. This will allow me to submit one letter that you can then use for numerous applications.