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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

@EthanBolker offers a clever potential solution. Also consider, though, whether there might be someone else who can write you a stronger recommendation. Is there another academic with whom you have ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

On the face of it that is strange. Most academics I know would be willing to write the necessary letters under those circumstances. Submitting one letter to multiple places would not be much more work ...
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How acceptable is it to copy and paste a certain structure and some particular sentences in letters of recommendation?

Using a template is totally fine. I do that, as does every professor I know. In fact, I shared a chunk of my template in an answer to another question. A lot of those sentences get reused in letters I ...
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Difficult to provide recommendation letters for PhD as I don't want to nudge professors for every application

"I don't want to nudge professors for every application" I would recommend you to reverse your attitude towards this. Please don't be shy to ask your professors for reference letters — ...
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How acceptable is it to copy and paste a certain structure and some particular sentences in letters of recommendation?

Generic and boilerplate text has the property that it comes across as, well, generic and boilerplate. For this reason, an effective letter of recommendation will contain descriptions of an individual ...
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Difficult to provide recommendation letters for PhD as I don't want to nudge professors for every application

Nudge Your Professors First, I'm answering the question you need answered: Nudge your professors. Writing letters of recommendation is part of your professors' jobs. Don't misunderstand me: They're ...
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Recommendation letter for postdoc

I've been on hiring committees for postdocs at universities. We have understood that not all primary advisor are willing to write strong letters of recommendation or provide references. However, we ...
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Recommendation letter for postdoc

Academic recommendation letters are quite different from recommendations letters used for non-academic positions, which often merely confirm existing employments. Usually, they are confidential and ...
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Difficult to provide recommendation letters for PhD as I don't want to nudge professors for every application

I kindly advise you to have 3 -4 professors from your department whom you've interacted with in regular classes or lab projects. Explain yourself to them and let them know that you'll be trying out ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

You don’t want a letter from someone less than willing to write one. Could be that she doesn’t think she can write a good one for you, or it’s possible she is totally checked out. Doesn’t matter - if ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

The professor. A letter from a PhD student carries little weight since PhD students by definition have limited experience supervising research projects (c.f. this question). On the other hand, your ...
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Recommendation Letter sent from an unofficial email of the director of a start-up

No need to worry. There will either be a portal to upload the letter, or the person on the other side of the email address to which the email is sent will accept it as is. While it is usual for people ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

See if you can find another reference. Speak to someone else in the department and see what they say. Even if you don't know them too well they can write a letter and it can remedy the situation. ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

Ask her again, friendly, but with a special emphasis on the importance of her letter to your career and how helpful it would be. If she does not agree, take her offer to write one letter only, but ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

I agree with those who say that writing a recommendation letter a norm. Even if the supervisor and the co-author do not think that you are a good candidate, they can still write an letter honestly ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

I think you should ask both. The PhD student can speak to your work ethic, collegiality, and details of your work. But you do want the professor's letter because the professor can, with more authority,...
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