Stories about your behaviors, impact, and personal qualities told by others play an essential role in our evaluation of your application.
Your letters of recommendation should provide specific examples and anecdotes that illustrate what you have done and how you have done it.
Required: Two letters of recommendation. One recommendation from your current direct supervisor (or next best alternative) at work, and one recommendation from someone else who has supervised you.
Both letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of the round in which you apply. You must not have any involvement in the drafting, writing, translation, or submission of the letters, including having any outside party review or edit the letters before they are submitted.
Choosing Your Recommenders
We are impressed by what a recommendation letter says, not by the title or background of the individual who wrote it or the writing skills of the recommender. You should choose individuals who:
- Know you well through significant, direct involvement with you within the last three years
- Will provide detailed anecdotes and examples to support their assertions
- Are sufficiently enthused to spend time writing a thoughtful letter
If you are currently a full-time student, we encourage you to select recommenders who have supervised your extracurricular activities or work, such as internships or part-time jobs.