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Recommendation Letter (LORs) for PhD

Updated on Mar 26, 2020
Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee

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A is another crucial document required for your admission process to study abroad. As significant as a  and Resume, a LOR from the right person can guarantee you a seat in your dream university. Just as SOP and Resume cover all your capabilities, academics, individual qualities, and professional experience, the LOR becomes a living proof of these activities from your professors or employers. A LOR for PhD applicants holds a vital place in his/ her application procedure as this once document that will pitch in the interest of your chosen field. It also comes in handy when

Types of Ph.D. LORs depending upon the university

Generally, a Ph.D. applicant is required to submit two LORs, however, to play it safe it is advised that the applicant should have at least three LORs ready. Depending on the university you will find different ways of submitting a LOR from your recommenders.

Subjective/ objective questionnaire format

快穿系统女主深吻hSimilar to some B-schools, few universities would directly send an e-mail containing objective and/or subjective type of questions to the recommenders mentioned by you in the application form. Within this e-mail either there will be a link to the university’s site where the recommender would be made to answer certain questions. These questions would be based on individual qualities and capabilities. The recommenders can be asked to rate the individual on a given scale or explain as to why the recommender mention a particular quality about the applicant. In another case, the LOR questions can be directly received in the recommender’s mail, wherein he/she just needs to fill out the answers and mail it back to the university. It is so done so as to maintain the authenticity of the document and retain secrecy from the applicant.

Generic format similar to MS LOR

Most of the universities will straightaway ask for . Similar to and , PhD LORs too will have the same format. Only the content is expected to be brief in terms of the applicant’s research work. Starting with a strong introduction, the LOR should contain at least three qualities of the applicant with supporting instances. These qualities can be focused on social interaction, technical skills or know-how, and subject-related capabilities apart from academic proficiency. Also, since PhD is an advanced degree programme, the recommender should concentrate more on research works, projects, thesis work, research skills, interest/ passion towards the field, dedication, self-motivation, and so on.

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PhD being a competitive and challenging programme, each and every document in your application process is essential. Even with excellent test scores and academic background, students’ applications can get waitlisted or even rejected solely on the basis of the quality of the rest of the documents. In such cases, documents such as sample research essay, SOP, and LOR comes as a rescue by being the deciding factor while choosing between candidates with a similar profile. Hence, it is imperative to choose the right person who will be your recommender. The ideal person from whom you can get a Ph.D. LOR is your or any academician under whose guidance you completed your project, completed your Master’s thesis or any other professor or employer with whom you worked on a research work/ project. They should be able to substantiate your academic strengths and interests. Academic recommendations can be taken from internship/project , subject professor or project guide, Lab supervisors, etc. You will also have an upper hand if you have already worked in that particular field with famous professors or researchers. A LOR from such notable personality will be an add-on to your profile.

The recommender should be able to endorse you as a person, know you closely as a student of the department, observe your capabilities as a student and should also be aware of your future plans. Thus, the recommender should be acquainted with you (academically or professionally) for no less than a year. Also note that friends, acquaintances, family member or relative are not supposed to write any kind of recommendation letter as they are not aware of the applicant’s work and cannot be biased about the applicant’s qualities.

How to draft a PhD LOR

An ideal PhD LOR should strictly be of one-two pages in length and not more than that, encompassing five-six paragraphs in total. Begin your with an introduction that should directly refer the candidate to the university/ college. It is basically an introduction of the recommender to the university and for how long he/she has been acquainted with the applicant. Along with this, the recommender should also convey in what capacity does he/she know the applicant and since when (time period). These points should be addressed directly in the first paragraph itself. The next paragraphs of the LOR should be divided into three body paragraphs wherein the recommender will be discussing at least three distinct qualities/ skills of the applicant. The recommenders should focus on these traits:

  • Strong subject knowledge with respect to the applicant’s project/thesis topic
  • Analytical skills
  • Self-motivation and confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Time-management
  • Additional courses/knowledge applicant gained to complement his work in the chosen field
  • Passion and dedication towards the topic/ field
  • Research skills, and so on

快穿系统女主深吻hThe last paragraph, conclusion, should infer the summing up of the abovementioned qualities of the applicant. End the LOR with a strong recommendation from the referee to the university to accept the student’s application and grant him an admission letter.

To conclude, LOR is a vital aspect of the documentation procedure during your application process. It provides you with an edge over other similar profile candidates as it gives a human touch to all the academic and professional excellence you have already mentioned in your other documents. Hence, a LOR becomes a stage where the recommender supports and recommends your application for acceptance directly to the university.

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Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee

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Srishti majored in English from Delhi University and has four years of experience in the Education Industry, specialising in Study Abroad Application Process. She has guided various Indian students in developing docum...Read Full Bio

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Comments (1)

Hi Srishti,

Is there any sample LOR and SOP for PhD in Data Science?

Thanks in advance.

Srishti Chatterjee
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert7 months ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHi Venkata, it is difficult to provide course-specific samples for LOR and SOP, especially for PhD. You can refer to the guidelines and format discussed in this article for LOR. For SOP, refer to: