Frequently Asked Questions3. How many letters of recommendation are required? Two letters are required. As part of the application process you must provide the names and email addresses of the two individuals who will be writing your letters, and Survey Monkey Apply will automatically contact them.8. Who should write my letters of recommendation? Your letters should be written by colleagues and mentors who are familiar with your work. If you send them a copy of your proposed project then they can include comments on your proposal as well.9. Is there a residency requirement? The fellowship has no provision for a residency, other than that stated as one of the requirements of the fellowship, i.e., that the applicant must be living and working in the United States 20. Does the fellowship provide for indirect costs? Howard Foundation Fellowships are unrestricted awards for the sole purpose of aiding the intellectual and artistic development of the recipients. The Howard Foundation has no funds to pay indirect costs, so any decision about payment of benefits on the stipend would be a matter for you to resolve with the appropriate officials at your institution.