Sunday, March 23, 2008

Inexplicable preference for non-confidential recommendations

I ran across the following instructions on a fellowship:

Attach two letters of recommendation from academic faculty endorsing the applicant for the fellowship position. List names and contact information for the two references. Do not send letters separately and do not include letters in sealed envelopes.

Why would they possibly prefer non-confidential recommendations that the applicant has already seen?

1 comment:

segel zutar said...

its obvious!
they have no letter openers and its hard enough for them to open each application (let alone another two sealed letters!)
if you get accepted, i would bring my own letter opener. (and maybe an extra as a gift)