5. Organise referee reports
We require at least one academic or professional referee report before we can assess your application. If you are applying for a competitive scholarship, it is strongly recommended that you obtain two referee reports to maximise your competitiveness.
These are specific forms that must be completed. Your nominated referees can download a copy of the Academic Referee Report (RTF file, 532kb) form.
Who can I ask to be a referee?
Your referees should be academic university staff members or professional staff that know you well enough to support your research degree application and may be any of the following:
- A former lecturer
- Course Coordinator/Program Director
- Head of School/Department
- Honours Supervisor
- Masters (Coursework) Supervisor
- Research Degree Supervisor
- Examiner of your thesis
- Employer (please note that your employer must be able to provide details about your research capabilities)
What are my responsibilities?
In your online application, you will need to provide details of your two nominated referees
Ask your referees to advise you that this has been done
- Ensure your referee(s) are aware of any relevant scholarship closing dates (31 August for main international scholarships, 31 October for main domestic scholarships)
The referee reports are confidential so you will not be able to view the content or see them attached to your application
What are the referees' responsibilities?
Complete all sections of the report
Be able to attest to your research capabilities and your academic performance
Email the report directly from their official employment email account to email@example.com
Submit the referee report by the scholarship closing date that you have given them, or as soon as possible if you are not applying for a scholarship