Zencarrot Posted October 1, 2011 Share Posted October 1, 2011 I've previously completed a terminal Master's degree and just started my PhD program this year. Of course, the internal deadline for SSHRC for my institution is coming up rapidly. Everything is pretty much ready to go except for my reference letters. I had two referees who had already agreed to write me letters, but I noticed on the SSHRC website that for students in a doctoral program, one of your referees must be your doctoral supervisor. I found this to be an unrealistic expectation considering I have met with my supervisor only two times and he has likely not had sufficient time to personally assess my abilities as a researcher. He of course has agreed to supervise me as a doctoral student which is evidence of his confidence in my abilities, but is it fair to expect him to provide a strong reference so early on in my studies? Furthermore, does anyone know of any exceptions that SSHRC has made to this "rule" they have in place? I know the federal funding bodies typically do not budge on their policies but I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences to me. I can't imagine that my situation is all that uncommon. Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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