Writing Effective Reference Letters for Student Fellowships


Education Building 3700 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

The goal of this workshop is to inform about and raise awareness of best practices in writing reference letters.

Professors are often asked by students to write reference letters for funding opportunities. Reference letters are critical to a fellowship or scholarship application, yet they are probably the most overlooked part of the application process. Often many of the applicants being considered for a competitive scholarship program are first class, and reference letters are influential in distinguishing an individual from a pack of outstanding applicants by highlighting unique strengths. This interactive session is designed to help you answer questions such as:

·      What are the key elements of a “good” reference letter and what pitfalls should be avoided?

·      Are you obliged to write a reference letter if asked by a student?

·      How much lead time should you expect in order to write a reference letter?

·      What information should be provided by the student?

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Contact Information

David Syncox
david [dot] syncox [at] mcgill [dot] ca