Information for Recommenders

The letter you submit should address the prompts listed in the Stanford application. Outdated or general letters do not strengthen a candidate’s application.

Be sure your letter is:

  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point type
  • Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman font (recommended)
  • Written in English

Your English Language Proficiency

If you think your English is not sufficient to convey complex ideas, write the letter in your native language and then have it translated into English. The translation can be performed by a friend, a colleague, or a paid service, but not by the applicant or the applicant’s friend or family member.

Questions We Ask You

  1. How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) - Up to 500 words
  2. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Up to 500 words)
  3. Is there anything else we should know? Be concise. (Optional)

In addition to a qualitative account of leadership abilities, we ask you to assess competencies and character traits.