Email Reference Request Examples – Advisor and Professor

Email Reference Request Examples – Advisor and Professor

When you are completing undergraduate or graduate studies, or have earned your degree recently, you will likely want to ask a professor or an academic advisor for a reference as you begin to apply for jobs. 

Find out who to ask, what information to include in your email requesting a reference, and review sample reference requests to professors and academic advisors. 

Choosing an Academic Reference

People familiar with your academic work and performance are excellent choices to ask for recommendations as you begin your career.

Dear Professor LastName,

I have greatly enjoyed and benefited from the four classes that I took with you over the past three years.  I was hoping that you might know me well enough and have a high enough regard for my abilities to write a general recommendation for my credentials file.  

As you can see from the attached cover letter, I am targeting positions in the publishing industry which will draw upon my writing and editing skills ,as well as my organizational ability.  

I have included a summary sheet to refresh your memory about some of my key papers including my senior thesis. I have also attached my resume which will bring you up to date about some of my accomplishments outside the classroom.  

Please let me know if you are comfortable endorsing my candidacy for jobs in the publishing industry.

I would be happy to answer any questions and provide further information which will help you to write your recommendation. Can we meet during your office hours to discuss this further?

Thanks so much for all you have done for me and for taking the time to review this request.


Firstname Lastname
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Remember to Say Thank You 

Once your professor writes the reference, make sure to send a thank you note to your reference, acknowledging the favor. You can either send a handwritten note or an email. 

More About References

Reference Letter Samples
Sample reference letters and recommendation letters, letter samples for character references, and letters asking for a reference.

How to Request a Character Reference
Looking for your first job? Concerned about the references your employer might give you? Consider using a character reference (personal reference) in addition to or as an alternative to employment reference letters.

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