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  • Any forms that your referees must have. Fill them in as far as possible (often you have to sign them before giving them to the referee).
  • A list with the following information for each program (this could be an Excel sheet):
    • Program name and university
    • URL of the program website
    • Deadlines for the application (or for sending the reference letter)
    • Whether the letter of reference has to be sent directly to the university (address?) or whether you need to get it (in a sealed envelope) to include it with your application letter.
    • Write - in a few words - why this specific program is useful for you, and why you think you would be a good candidate for the program.
  • Your Jacobs transcript
  • Your CV
  • Your motivational essay (statement of purpose).

When you are asked whether you wish to waive your right to access (read) the letters of recommendation then do so (waive your right). This will make the positive statements in the letter appear honest and truthful. 

European applications

Here, it is often enough to enclose a sheet with the addresses of two or three referees. The principal investigator you are applying to will contact them if she or he is interested, and ask for a reference. In the cases where letters are specifically requested, see the above information.


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