Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation

International Seminars on Decolonization in the 20th Century

Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be e-mailed directly to the address below to arrive by October 15, 2015. Before choosing your referees, please read through these guidelines carefully. Be sure to make them available to each of your referees with your request for a letter of recommendation.

Tenth Decolonization Seminar e-mail address:

The applicant’s name should be included in the subject line of the e-mail message. The recommendation letter itself should preferably be sent as a PDF or Word document attached to the e-mail message (but if that is not possible, the text may be embedded in the body of a message).

Should e-mailing be impractical, letters may be mailed to:

Decolonization Seminar Selection Committee, National History Center, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

In case of mailed letters, please place the applicant’s name in boldface in a subject line or in the first line of the letter.

Those writing letters of recommendation should provide their own institutional affiliation, job title, and contact information, including e-mail address.

The letters of recommendation should:

  • Be in English.
  • Describe how the referee knows the applicant, and for how long.
  • Discuss the academic qualifications that will enable the applicant to contribute to the seminar and benefit from participation.
  • Address the applicant’s ability to work well with diverse colleagues; offer and receive constructive criticism; and participate in intellectual discussions.
  • Address the applicant’s writing abilities. (A draft article or draft book chapter is a required outcome of the seminar.)
  • Address the question of fluency in English. (All the academic activities of the seminar will be conducted in English.)

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Amanda Moniz, the assistant director of the National History Center, at or at 202-450-3209.