I just started grad school this semester. But as part of my stipend contract, I am required to continue to apply to scholarships (although I don't need to win them). I have not been in grad school long enough for my advisor to know my work (in fact, we haven't even started on the research yet). So I would have to ask the two professors I previously asked for a LoR last year to write me another one. But I am afraid this will be really awkward since I haven't spoken to them in months and I feel like I'm just asking them to do me favours now. Especially since they are already aware that I am in grad school, and I will just be asking them to write me another letter. How do I phrase this email to them to prevent the awkwardness?

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    It would seem that they would be able to easily adjust the letter that they already wrote for you.
    – Vladhagen
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:43

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If you explain to them that this is part of your stipend contract that you are required to have these letters to apply to the scholarships, I am 100% sure noting that as well as a quick apology will eliminate any awkwardness.

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    I don’t think an apology is necessary; this is an absolutely normal request.
    – JeffE
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 2:20

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