Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation letters are almost always required as part of the fellowship program or college application process. It is a good idea to get at least one recommendation from someone who is familiar with your academic performance. This person can speak about your desire to learn, your ability to pick things up quickly, your achievements, or anything else that shows you are serious about your education.

Consider the most influential people you know: Teachers, Supervisors or Colleagues

Then, send them these 7 essential pieces:

  1. Your Resume
  2. Description of your desired University, Job, Grant, or Program
  3. A description of how the degree or job will help you to achieve your long term goals
  4. Why you chose them to recommend you
  5. Any notable projects, achievements, or traits they can reference
  6. The deadline for letter submission
  7. Submission Instructions

The sample shows how a recommendation letter should be formatted and demonstrates one of the ways a letter writer can play up an applicant's skills.