Letters of Recommendation

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.


  1. Email your request at least two weeks in advance of the letter deadline (especially if I've not written for you in the past).
  2. Send a separate email for each letter you need.
  3. 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”).
  4. 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.
  5. In the body of the email, be clear about HOW the letter should be submitted: online, by email, etc.
  6. 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.