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Writing Recommendation Letters

We aren’t in the business of determining which pieces are most important for a successful scholarship or fellowship application (because, of course, they all are), letters of recommendation are, without exception, a critical component of nationally competitive award applications. They provide for the campus and national review committees a better sense of the whole picture being presented in the student’s application.

ONSF supports your students in their academic efforts and encourages them to take their hard work to the next level by assisting them in identifying opportunities and successfully navigating the scholarship application process. We are dependent on collaboration across campus and welcome the opportunity to serve your students interested in and capable of competing for some of the nation’s most prestigious opportunities.

Recommendation letters for national scholarships and fellowships are different from those that may be submitted for a campus opportunity, for a professional experience, and even for graduate school. They are typically 1.5 – 2 pages long and provide a detailed account of the student as seen by that particular faculty member or other professional individual.

CLICK HERE for ONSF’s guidance on writing a letter of recommendation for a Fulbright Study/Research candidate. Additional instructions can be found on the Fulbright’s website.

CLICK HERE for ONSF’s guidance on writing a recommendation form for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) candidate. Additional instructions can be found on the Fulbright’s website.

 

External Resources

Inside Higher Ed: Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

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