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    First of all I'm sorry if this is the wrong place and it's a minor question but I'm a worrier!

    I've applied for some PhDs over the last few weeks and my referees have been very supportive. I'm applying to some more a few weeks on, do I need to re-ask my referees to be my references etc? Or will they just be fine with more and more requests coming in?


    I think it's best not to assume anything and just ask them in case. If it's no problem then there was no harm asking anyway, but if they really need to know there are more applications then it'll be a good thing you mentioned it. Just keep them updated on what you'd appreciate them saying and don't take them for granted. Not springing things on them suddenly is a good idea, since as academics they probably have busy lives

    Good luck with your applications!

    As above.

    I'm sure they would say Yes, but you should never just assume - and the more they know about where you are applying/why the better the reference is likely to be.

    I agree with the above. You need a PhD reference to explain why you're the perfect candidate for that specific project, and how your skillset fits with the requirements. Unless you want a generic and lukewarm-sounding reference, your referees need to be talked through each PhD to at least some extent.

    Plus (as I know, albeit on a much less august level!) it can be very annoying to have a reference request arrive without understanding what it's for. That can try the patience of the most enthusiastic referee. Multiple PhD applications aren't unusual, so I wouldn't expect your referees to object in principle if they've already agreed. However if a referee is expecting one reference request, they won't necessarily be sympathetic if several unexpected ones follow. It's just a matter of applying good manners in order to smooth the way and keep them onside.

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