Basically, i have asked a professor if he would write a recommendation letter for me and he graciously agreed.

But for some reason, this recommendation letter needs to come back to me because it has to be in my complete application I need to send in the end. (The complete application is a hard copy that needs to be mailed)

Do I mail the professor a hard copy of the recommendation letter with a stamp so he can send it back after he fills it out? If I do this, do i ask him for his address? (its summer now)

Or do I send him an email with the soft copy of the form attached and ask him to print it out and mail it to me?


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    Why don't you ask him what he would prefer?
    – nengel
    Jul 25 '18 at 5:22
  • Either ways would do. I would recommend having him send it, not you, as this letter is meant to provide his feedback about you. However, you may provide him the stamp to facilitate the process.
    – FGSn
    Jul 26 '18 at 6:34

She or he could write your recommendation letter, and put it in a sealed envelope. Then, you submit your application with the sealed envelope.

  • Most applications required copies of the documents - not the originals... I spent many hours photocopying cerificates, reference letters etc...
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 25 '18 at 5:18

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