• Sarah Yecke

Collect and Manage Reference Letters with Ease

Whether you manage a fellowship, an undergraduate research program, or awards and prizes, it’s likely you collect recommendations or reference letters as part of the submitted applications. To evaluate applications holistically, reference letters provide valuable insight not found within standard application documents, such as CVs, transcripts, or project plans. Reference letters give more personal input from people who are closest to the applicant, which in this case are usually mentors, advisors, or colleagues.

InfoReady allows administrators to collect references and recommendations as file uploads that are automatically attached to a completed application packet when the letter writer uploads the document. Read below for tips on how to make the most of this functionality.

Set Up Administrators configure a variety of reference letter options, including:

  • If letters are required or optional

  • Minimum and maximum number of letters allowed

  • If letters are confidential or not (i.e., if applicants can view them)

  • Deadline to submit (We recommend at least a few days after the application deadline)

  • Instructions to applicants

  • Instructions to letter writers

Applicant Experience

  • Applicants enter the email address(es) of their letter writer(s) directly on the application.

  • Once the application is saved, they can send letter request emails with one click.

  • If not pushed out from a draft application, requests are sent automatically once it is submitted.

Letter Writer Experience

  • Each recipient gets a direct email with a unique link.

  • The “Start Letter” button in the email sends them right to the upload page.

  • Letter writers do not need to create accounts or log in.

  • If needed, the designated letter writer can forward the email to someone else, such as a department administrator, to submit the letter on behalf of the letter writer.

  • Administrators can re-send the link.

  • Letter writers cannot see the application and applicants cannot see the reference letters (unless the administrator changes the default setting).

  • Letter writers can replace the document they uploaded any time prior to the letter deadline.

Tracking and Viewing Letters Once the opportunity is in process, administrators can monitor them in a variety of ways:

  • Data Grid

  • All tab: High-level overview in donut chart

  • Columns: Summary “__ of __ Submitted” and individual letter statuses