Handout: How to Format a Modern Academic Cover Letter

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Cover letters may seem like an arcane way of communicating.  But applying for academic jobs, submitting your article for an award, or providing references for students often requires a cover letter.

Here's a template to formatting a modern academic cover letter.  I know there are lots of stylistic variations because I've seen lots of crazy ones.  I've also seen cover letters with no formatting at all and lots of missing information.  If you've never been taught how to do one, start with this template and modify to suit your needs.

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