Faculty members may use the Faculty Referral Form to recommend a student for an award. Once you submit the on-line form, you will be redirected back to this page. A confirmation e-mail will be sent once a Prestigious Awards staff member has reviewed your referral.
Please consult the Faculty Guide on writing letters of recommendation for advice on how best to support your student’s application for a nationally competitive fellowships.
Because of the extremely competitive nature of national and international fellowships, strong letters of recommendation are vital to the success of the student’s application. Letters often tip the balance. We appreciate that composing a detailed recommendation letter requires a great deal of time and thought. If a student approaches you appropriately for a reference, but you believe that you do not know the student well enough to write a detailed letter, or if you prefer not to take the time to write a detailed letter, please decline the request. You might assist by helping the student think about alternative referees. Because much is at stake for the student, we encourage your acceptance of the invitation if you feel yourself to be a qualified referee.
As your write, consider that your letter will be read by colleagues across the country, some of whom will be in your professional field. All letters submitted for competitions that require UM endorsement (like the Goldwater, Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and Truman) will also be reviewed by your peers and colleagues at UM. If you have any question about the content of your letter or how it may be perceived, please contact the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for assistance.
For more information, please contact:
April Dobbins, Director
Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships
1204 Dickinson Drive, Suit K
Locator Code: 5213