Recommendation Letters: Choosing Referees

From Tara Kuther, Ph.D.,

Nearly all applications to graduate school require at least 3 letters from individuals who can discuss your competencies in a coherent way and recommend that you be admitted to graduate school. Many students find that it is mot difficult to select persons to approach for letters of recommendation. Others aren't sure of who to approach -- or if they have a potential recommender at all. Regardless of your situation, plan ahead.

Who will you approach? Who will you consider? Remember the main criteron of the letter of recommendtion: It must provide a comprehensive and positive evaluation of your abilities and aptitude. It should not be surprising that letters from professors are highly valued by admissions committees. However, the best letters are written by faculty who know you, from whom you have taken muliple classes and/or have completed substantial projects and/or have recieved very positive evaluations.
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Professors provide insight into your academic competencies and aptitude as well as personality characteristics that may contribute to your potential to succeed in graduate school, such as motivation, conscientiousness, and timeliness.

Some students include a letter from an employer. Letters from employers are useful if you are working in a field that is related to that which you intend to study. However, even a letter from an employer in an unrelated field can be useful to your application if he or she discusses skills and competencies that will contribute to your success in graduate school, such as the abilty to read and integrate information in order to draw conclusions, lead others, or carry out complex tasks in a timely and competent fashion. Essentially it's all about spin -- spinning the material so that it matches what committees are looking for.

An effective recommendation letter is writtn by someone who meets some of the following criteria:

* Is aware of your field of interest and the schools you are applying to.
* Is able to evaluate your performance in your field of interest.
* Is able to discuss your personal characteristics
* Is able to discuss your capacity to work with others
* Can discuss your leadership skills[/li
* Can evaluate your level of professionalism (e.g., punctuality, efficiency, assertivness)
* Can discuss your academic skills -- not simply experience, but evaluate your potential to succeed in graduate-level study
* Evaluates you positively relative to others
* Has some recognition and whose judgment is highly valued within the field.
* Is able to write a good reference letter (i.e., is literate).

Many students become nervous when they see this list. Remember that no one no one person will meet all of these criteria, so don't fret or feel bad. Instead, consider all of the people who you might approach and attempt to compose a balanced panel of reviewers. Seek individuals who will collectively fulfill as many of the above criteria as possible.

The biggest mistake most students make in the recommendation letter-phase of the graduate school application is to not think about who to approach and simply settle for whoever is available. This is not the time to settle, choose the easiest path, or be impulsive. Take the time and make the effort to consider all of the possiblities -- each professor you have had and all persons you have come into contact with (e.g., employers, internship supervisors, supervisors from settings in which you have volunteered). Don't rule any one out at first, just make a long list. After you have created an exhausted list, rule out those who you know will not give you a positive recommendation. The next step is to determine how many criteria those remaining on your list might fulfill. And move on from there to begin approaching potential referees.

Getting Good Letters of Recommendation; Experiences that Matter

From Tara Kuther, Ph.D.,

What are the experiences that will help you to earn excellent letters of recommendation from faculty?

Research Experiences
Generally speaking, research is the academic experience most highly valued by graduate admissions committees. Applicants who have research experience often are viewed as graduate school material because, at least in doctoral programs, research is at the heart of graduate school. Any old research experience, however, will not do. Your research experience must supervised, documented, and evaluated highly by a faculty member in your department who, in turn, writes a letter of recommendation on your behalf as part of your graduate school application.

Understand the benefits of getting involved in research and demonstrate an honest interest.

This means that you should seek experiences as a research assistant (even if they are unpaid!) and make research contacts with faculty.

Applied Experiences
Real world experiences are especially important for applied fields such as education and social work. Faculty who supervise your internships and other applied experiences will play a large role in graduate school admissions.

* Document your applied experiences.
* Seek additional contact with supervisors.
* Talk with faculty about your experiences. Seek constructive criticism on your performance.
* Be open to criticism.
* Seek to improve

As with research experiences, keep a record of your work and contact with faculty. Remember that your interactions at your internship site and with your supervisor are the basis for the evaluation that shapes your letter of recommendation.

Classroom Experiences
Interactions in the classroom are always important. They are the foundation of faculty-student relationships and can lead to research and applied experiences. Given that three letters are typically requested of graduate school applicants, at least one letter usually is from a faculty member whose contact with the student is primarily in class.

. Make a good impression in the classroom. Be a good student: be on time, miss few classes, be prepared, submit work on time, ask intelligent questions, participate in class discussions, seek advice on scholarly matters, and visit office hours (but don’t dominate). Track your ideas and consider their research potential. Talk with faculty about their research, your ideas, and solicit input.

There is no simple shortcut to getting excellent letters of recommendation. It takes hard work – throughout the college years. Seek these experiences early on and keep the ultimate goal of developing quality relationships with faculty in mind in order to obtain letters of recommendation that will move your application to the top of the pile.

Recommendation Letter for Graduate School - Professor Sample


[Full Name]
[School Name]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]:

I am writing to you in support of [Mr./Ms. Full Name] and [his/her] desire to attend [University Name] for the [Program Title] program. Though many students ask me to make this request on their behalf, I only recommend students whom I feel are well-suited for the program of their choice. [Mr./Ms. Last Name] is one of those students and therefore, I highly recommend that [he/she] be given the opportunity to attend your university.

As [Professor’s Title] of [Professor’s Department] at [University Name], I work with many students who have substantial knowledge of [Subject]. [Mr./Ms. Last Name] has consistently shown such a strong desire to learn [subject] that I simply could not turn down [his/her] request for recommendation.

I first met [Mr./Ms. Last Name] in my [Course Title] course during the [Season and Year] semester. Compared to the class average of [Class Average], [Mr./Ms. Last Name] earned a [Grade] in the class. [Mr./Ms. Last Name] was evaluated on [explain basis for grades, e.g., exams, papers, etc.], in which [he/she] performed exceptionally well.

[First Name] is an outstanding individual with a strong character. [He/She] has the ability to produce impressive results in a wide variety of areas. [First Name] is/has [list of positive traits/skills, e.g. organized, motivated, etc.]. I have seen astonishing results on complex projects that offered great attention to detail where quality was never compromised. Additionally, [he/she] has a very positive attitude and truly embraces learning all there is to know about [subject].

Though [First Name] has consistently exceeded in all areas of [his/her] coursework, the best example of [his/her] intelligence shone through a [paper/presentation/project/etc.] on [Work’s Title]. The work clearly showed [his/her] ability to deliver a clear, concise, and well-thought presentation with a new perspective by demonstrating [embellish here].

In addition to [his/her] coursework, [First Name] also dedicated some of [his/her] time volunteering at [Club or Organization Name]. [His/Her] position required [him/her] to [list of tasks]. [He/She] felt volunteering was an important leadership role, in which [he/she] learned [list of skills]. The skills acquired through volunteering will be beneficial to all of [First Name] future endeavors. [First Name] has the ability to manage and organize [his/her] time and schedule around different activities without having them interfere with school. [His/Her] experience at [Club or Organization Name] provided [him/her] with the aptitude that [he/she] needs for graduate school and for a career in [name of career].

I believe [First Name] is destined to be a leader in [type of field], and therefore is an excellent candidate for your school. I highly recommend that you consider [his/her] application, as [he/she] will be a great asset to your program. I’m sure you will find [him/her] to be a student whose talents will only shine further through your graduate program. It is my hope that you will accept [his/her] admission to your university. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me.


[Professor’s Name]
[Professor’s Title]

Sample Letter of Recommendation MBA Applicant

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to serve as my formal recommendation for Andrew Fuller. Andrew has been my direct assistant for several years. He has been interested in obtaining an MBA degree for some time now and I feel that he would be an excellent candidate for your esteemed program.

During his time here, Andrew has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and a dedication to success. His efforts have produced high quality results time and time again. Last year, Andrew developed and successfully implemented a plan to streamline our production department. The plan was a major undertaking, requiring a great deal of thought and effort on Andrew’s behalf.

Though Andrew is my assistant, he is also in an unofficial leadership role.

Many of his co-workers seek his advice and support. Andrew is always there for them and is quite comfortable in the role. I feel his budding leadership abilities will become even more effective in a business school setting.

For these reasons, I highly recommend Andrew Fuller as a candidate for your MBA program. If you have any questions regarding Andrew or this recommendation, please contact me.

Reference Letter Sample from a Manager for Graduate School

Reference Letter Sample for Graduate School from a Manager

To Whom it May Concern:

It is my honor to recommend John Doe for matriculation into the Graduate program at Rochester Institute. I have had the pleasure to know and work with John for the last six years. He he first worked with me as an intern in the software development organization at XYZ in Syracuse, NY. Following his graduation from Rochester Institute, I was fortunate enough to keep track of his career so that when the opportunity arose, I was able to recruit him to his current position at ABCD. The characteristics of John that attracted my attention then, and led me to hire him out of Company B last year, make it easy for me to give him an unqualified endorsement for graduate study.

John brings to all of his activities energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.
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This is to be expected in any successful member of an entrepreneurial organization, and in this regard John fits in well. Be it in the parsing of intricate algorithms in a billing system, the crafting of an object hierarchy, or the establishment of best practices with an emerging technology, John consistently delivers high-quality software for our organization. This speaks to his overall intellect and ability to learn, attributes that will serve him well in graduate study.

While John is a relatively junior member of our organization as measured by tenure, he quickly established himself as a go-to person in the product domains in which he has worked. He has been ever-willing to work with members of our organization to share his knowledge and expertise, most notably as a presenter for presentations on product functions. He has a deep-rooted spirit of helpfulness that coupled with his quick grasp of subject matter speaks well to his potential as a teaching assistant or instructor.

What I find most engaging in John's character are his wide-ranging interests outside of software. Two of his abiding interests are game theory and economics. He can be quickly engaged in an in depth discussion, for instance, of the rationale behind EZ-Pass, the lack-of rationality of the financial markets, or the optimal approach for making a few quid on the super-bowl. John's broad range of interests speaks well to his potential as researcher, both in bringing a wide range of theory to the research at hand, as well as carrying forward new hypotheses of interest to researchers.

John Doe is a valued member of our organization whom we have learned we can rely on, regardless of the difficulty of the task to hand or the novelty of the challenge. His combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity, and compassionate character will certainly make him a valuable member of any academic program. I encourage you to look favorably upon his application.


George Smith

Lippo Bank (LB) Scholarship 2008

Lippo Bank (LB) Scholarship 2008

PT Bank Lippo Tbk ("LB"), a major investee company of Khazanah Nasional
Berhad, Malaysia, believes in developing the human capital in The Republic
of Indonesia. In this regard, LB is pleased to offer scholarships and
financial assistance to deserving Indonesian students who intend to pursue
their tertiary education at selected university in Indonesia.

Therefore, LB is inviting applications from high school graduates who would
like to pursue a Bachelor`s Degree program majoring in Commerce, Finance,
Economic, Accounting, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistic, and Law.

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The scholarship grant will based on the merits of the applicant, including
academic grades and school extra-curricular activities. However, to provide
opportunities to those who would otherwise have difficulties in financing
their tertiary education, special consideration will be given to
applications from students that come from a financially disadvantage family.

Coverage of the Scholarship:
1. Registration fees at the university at which the scholarship recipient is
2. Tuition fee for four year duration of study.
3. Book and internet allowance to cover living expense throughout the period
of study.
4. Personal computer.
5. Research allowance required for final-year research study.

Basic Eligibility:
Applicants must satisfy all of following requirements:

1. Must be an Indonesian citizen.
2. Grade Point Average for National Examination Result and Average
Point for High School Examination Result must be 8.00 or higher.
3. Not presently receiving any other equivalent scholarship or award.
4.. Must be complete the application form. The application can be
download from LB website at or obtained directly from LB
Head Office.
5. Further requirements and conditions apply. Please visit our
website for further information.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should complete the application form and return them
along with copies of all supporting documents required no later than June
27, 2008 to:

PT Bank Lippo Tbk Head Office Menara Asia 15th Floor
Jalan Diponegoro 101
Lippo Karawaci – Tangerang 15810 Indonesia

MBA Scholarships at University of Nicosia

Deadline: 30 June 2008


The University of Nicosia is the largest private university in Cyprus with an established reputation for quality education and has recently received the “Committed to Excellence” award from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).

The MBA programme is one of the best offered in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean region and is locally accredited by CEEA, the Cyprus Ministry of Education and KYSATS. The Business School is a member of AACSB – International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The University of Nicosia MBA
Specializations in:

MIS (Management Information Systems)

Students whose first degree is not business related may be required to take up to 3 Foundation Courses.

The Scholarship will be valid for one year and will include:

1) €10,252 tuition fees
2) One return ticket (up to €770)
3) €683 monthly allowance
4) €68 arrival allowance
5) €51 departure allowance
6) €185 for purchase of medical insurance
7) €34 cost of issuing a student permit
8) €46 cost for medical tests required for the student permit
9) €427 Text book allowance

Procedure for applying for the MBA Scholarship

1. The Applicant must prepare the following set of documents:

1) Completed University of Nicosia MBA application form
2) Officially attested Bachelor Degree mark sheets
3) Officially attested copy of Bachelors Degree
4) Officially attested Master Degree mark sheet
5) Officially attested copy of Masters Degree
6) 2 recommendation letters
7) Proof of English proficiency
8) Curriculum Vitae
9) Officially attested copy of passport (valid for at least two years)
10) 4 photographs
11) Officially attested copy of good conduct report from the police
12) Copy of blood test results for Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B
13) Copy of chest X-Ray report
14) Endorsement Form* that is officially signed and stamped

* The Endorsement Form must be filled in by an officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other Government Authority that is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Please note that the documents which need to be officially attested should be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for certification.)

2. The above documents together with the signed Endorsement Form must be submitted to the:

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus- Jakarta

Mr. Hardjuni SH

Menara Sudirman 7th Floor B
JI. Menara Sudirman Kav. 60
Jakarta 12190

Tel.: 006221 5226837-39, 0062 816739877 (mob.)
Fax.: 006221 5226829, 006221 5227753

All applications must reach the Honorary Consul by 30 June 2008.

Download Endorsement Form: click here

Joint Japan / Word Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: 31 August 2008

To apply, applicants must

* Hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed 16 years of school education (up to undergraduate level). A strong background in economics and associated quantitative tools is useful and,in the case of the Economic Policy Course, highly recommended.

NOTE: Those applicants having completed their university education in countries where formal schooling lasts less than 16 years, who are at least 22 years old, and who have spent at least one year in a research or similar institution, can become qualified to apply by filling out and submitting the provided form (Certificate of research Activities).

* Have at least 2 years (and preferably 4 to 5) of recent professional experience in a field related to economic development.
* Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language by submitting the TOEFL scores or other evidence as deemed appropriate by the Graduate School.
* Demonstrate verbal and quantitative skills by submitting the Graduate record Examination (GRE) scores or other evidence as deemed appropriate by the Graduate School.
* In addition,applicants must be under 45 (but preferably under 35) years of age. Priority will be given to mid-career professionals.

The following documentation is required

1. Application form (found in the back pocket of the brochure or downloadable from the top-left of this page) in full. The Personal Statement and the Study Plan must be typewritten. Applicants must choose their preferred Course from the two options offered (Economic Policy and International Public Policy). Adjustments to that choice are possible during the screening process.
2. Four letters of recommendation (two issued by academics and two by professionals).
3. Transcripts from institutions of higher education attended.
4. Diplomas certifying to higher education degrees obtained. note. Diplomas and transcripts must be originals or certified true copies of original documents.
5. Curriculum vitae.
6. TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English proficiency.
7. GRE scores or equivalent proof of skills.
8. Medical Certificate.
9. Certificate of research activities, if applicable.
10. Copies or reprints of publications other than graduation thesis, if any.
11. Three copies of a recent photograph (4 cm x 4 cm).
12. Statement of eligibility for JJ/WBGSP Scholarship.

Application Deadline

All documents must be mailed in a single package and must reach the University of Tsukuba by August 31,2008 (applications sent by fax will not be accepted). Complete applications and correspondence should be addressed to:
The JJ/WBGSP Committee
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Tsukuba
305-8571, Tsukuba, Japan

Screening and Admission Procedures

The screening process will be based upon the evaluation of all documentation and, if necessary, on personal interviews conducted by the University of Tsukuba representatives in the countries of the candidates. Between twenty five and thirty candidates will be pre-selected by the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship Program Committee at the University of Tsukuba, in a process that will be completed by november 2008.

The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank will further screen the pre-selected applicants for the sake of the granting of scholarships. The final selection of scholarship recipients (fifteen from the World Bank and no less than two from the Inter-American Development Bank) will be announced in late December 2008.

Selected candidates are expected to arrive in Tsukuba at the end of March 2009 for final interviews and orientation. Those pre-selected candidates who did not receive a scholarship and want to study at the University of Tsukuba must pay admission and tuition fees (at least for half a year) before they are formally admitted into the Program.The Program will begin on April 1, 2009.

Download Application Form: click here

Shell Centenary Scholarship

The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund (TSCSF) was established as a registered charity in 1997.

Under various Masters programmes, TSCSF offers postgraduate students from developing countries the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and gain skills that will make a long-term contribution to the further development of their countries.

Each year nearly 90 students will be given major scholarships (for one year in the UK, and for two years in NL).
Partners in the scheme are the University of Cambridge, Durham University, The University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, The University of Oxford and University College London in the UK, and with Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente in the Netherlands. These universities also contribute to the funding of scholarships.

The scholarships are known as Shell Centenary Scholarships (in the UK), Royal Dutch Shell Centenary Scholarships (in the NL).

A number of scholarships are also jointly funded with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and are known as Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarships.

An applicant should normally be:

* aged 35 or under
* nationals of and resident in any country other than Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States and intending to return and take up permanent residence there after completion of the proposed programme of study
* intending to study a subject that will be of significant value in aiding the sustainable development of their home country
* of sufficiently outstanding academic ability eg in the UK to have obtained a degree equivalent to a first class honours degree at a British University, in the Netherlands to be able easily to obtain a place on the MSc programme
* fluent in spoken and written English
* neither a current nor former employee of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies

It is the intention that the scholarships be widely geographically distributed. In each year a large number of countries will be represented. Scholarships will be awarded to those academically qualified applicants thought best able to contribute to the development of their home country by becoming leaders, decision-makers or opinion-formers. Preference will be given to those who have not yet had the opportunity to study in the UK.

Each scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation, maintenance cost and a return airfare for the scholarship holder only.

A list of eligible courses at each university and how to apply can be obtained by visiting the relevant university pages.


[Italy] PhD Scholarships in Economics, Universit√† Ca’ Foscari di Venezia

The Advanced School of Economics (in Italian: Scuola Superiore di Economia, or SSE for short) runs two doctoral programs: one in Economics and one in Business.

The Doctoral Program in Economics (DEC) and the Doctoral Program in Business (DEA) emanate from the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Management at the University of Venice. The School coordinates these two programs, that share several first-year courses and a common philosophy. Since 2008, the School has taken over over the activities of a third doctoral program in Economics and Organisation that used to be run as part of the School for Advanced Studies in Venice.

The School is based in Venice and offers only courses at a doctoral level. The official language is English. The current Director is Agar Brugiavini.

DEC: Application 2008
The deadline for applying to DEC is May 20, 2008. Notice of admission for DEC will be given by June 9, 2008. Classes start on September 1, 2008.

DEC will admit up to ten students, seven of which will be fully financed (including tuition fees and living stipend). One position in DEC will be preferentially assigned to students with an interest in Mathematical Methods for Economics. The School provides subsidized housing to all first-year students.

Admission is based on the evaluation of applicants' curriculum, research interests, and reference letters. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose (covering research interests) and three letters of reference (one of which should also vouch for the candidate's adequate knowledge of the English language). If available, any published work or working paper should also be included. Enclosing GRE and TOEFL results is highly recommended, but not (yet) required. Documentation should be submitted in English (preferably) or Italian language.

An application to DEC must abide by the statute of the "Bando" (Official Advert) as officially published online by the University of Venice. (This direct link may expire after May 20, 2008.) The official version of the Bando is available from the website of the Universityof Venice following the path Offerta Formativa -> Dottorato di Ricerca -> Scuola Superiore di Economia - SSE. You can also download a copy of the Bando using this link.

For more information about applications to DEC, please contact Marta Colombini (; tel.: +39-041-234-7963).

[info] PhD Fellowships in Molecular-Cellular Biology at HBIGS, Unive

The HBIGS Heidelberg offers training and excellent research opportunities for outstanding PhD and MD/PhD students from Germany and abroad in a vibrant and stimulating scientific environment. The focus of the Graduate School on molecular and cellular biology takes into account that molecular and cellular biology provides the conceptual and technological foundation on which most other fields, sub-disciplines and specialized areas of life and biosciences rest - from structural biology to bioinformatics, from molecular medicine to biotechnology, and from immunology to systems biology. A higher qualification in molecular and cellular biology will, therefore, prepare graduates for leading positions in all areas where in-depth knowledge of biological processes is required - be it in academia, industry or the public sector.

Main Application: click here

This is a joint international call for applications to PhD projects offered by HBIGS and the Cluster of Excellence �Cellular Networks: From Molecular Mechanisms to Quantitative Understanding of Complex Functions� (CellNetworks).

The call will be open from March 18 to May 15, 2008. Only applications submitted via the online application system will be considered. Applications by mail or email will not be eligible.

Students who are eligible to apply have four options:

Option 1. Apply to up to three different projects (read more about the projects...) or

Option 2. Write a project proposal for an interdisciplinary, innovative and original PhD project jointly conducted between two or more research teams from different fields.
HBIGS awards fellowships for research projects integrating molecular and cellular approaches with mathematical modeling, nanotechnology, biophysics including high-resolution microscopy and imaging, chemical genetics, biotechnology, and molecular medicine.
The project proposal should be divided into the following sections:
� Project Title
� Summary
� Background
� Work program
� References
� Preferred HBIGS Research Group

Option 3 (Combines Options 1 and 2). Apply to up to three different projects (read more about the projects...) and write a project proposal for an interdisciplinary, innovative and original PhD project jointly conducted between two or more research teams from different fields.

Option 4 (Fast track option). Only (!) Members of one of the two Masters programs Molecular Biosciences or Molecular Biotechnology at the Faculty of Biosciences at Heidelberg can apply via the "Fast track" option. Please read the admission requirements for more details.

Please note: Applicants who submit their application to more than one option will automatically be excluded from the selection procedure!

Website: click here

Master of International Tourism & Hotel Management Scholarship - Southern Cross University

The School of Tourism & Hospitality Management is offering an international student scholarship to study the Master of International Tourism & Hotel Management at the Tweed Gold Coast Campus Semester 1, 2009. The program is a 12 unit, 1year program and offers students a prestigious international Masters Degree at a founding THE-ICE member University. The scholarship is AU$10,000 and applications close 29th August 2008.

The Hotel School Sydney, a partner institution of Southern Cross University is also offering a 1 year AUD 10,000 scholarship to study the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management. Applications are open shortly for study in Semester 1 2009.

Visit THE-ICE website at for details of current and potential scholarship opportunities available. Or email

Dan David Prize - USD 15,000

The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral and post-doctoral students of exceptional promise in the chosen fields.

Ten scholarships are awarded to doctoral and post-doctoral students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize is granted according to merit, without discrimination based on gender, race religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

The fields within the three Time Dimensions for 2008:

PAST: Creative Rendering ofthe Past:
Literature,Theater, Film
PRESENT: Social Responsibility
with Particular Emphasis on the Environment
FUTURE: Geosciences

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31st , 2008.


Criteria for scholarship application:
The applicant's doctoral or post-doctoral research is in one of the selected fields for the year in which the application is being made.
The applicant is a registered doctoral or post-doctoral student at a recognized university at the time of receipt of scholarship.
For doctoral students applying: The research proposal must be officially approved by the university department in which he/she is studying.
Required documents (in ENGLISH only, doc rtf or pdf format, Ariel or Times New Roman Font, minimum size 12):
To be sent by email to
Application form (completely filled-out).
Full Curriculum Vitae.
A one-two page description of the applicant's doctoral or post-doctoral research project and a list of applicant's publications (if relevant).
To be sent by post to:
Ms. Smadar Fisher, Director, Dan David Prize, Eitan Berglas Bldg/119
Tel-Aviv University, P.O.Box 39040, Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel
Three separate, official letters of recommendation by recognized scholars in the field, one of which is the doctoral/post-doctoral supervisor.
Authorization by the university that the applicant is a registered doctoral/post-doctoral student in the stated department and university.
Confirmation of receipt will be sent by email.

Tel Aviv University applicants are requested to note the following:
The scholarship will be granted in bimonthly payments during the forthcoming academic year until payment of the scholarship amount is completed.
Scholarship applicants who are the recipients of other Tel Aviv University scholarships/grants are requested to contact the Dan David Prize office to receive further information.
To access scholarship application forms click here: Scholarship Application Forms.



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