ACADEMIC REFEREES CONFIDENTIAL REPORT
POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2021
INTRODUCTION
Flinders University students DO NOT need to provide academic references
Instructions for the applicant - Please complete Section A below, then forward the form to your referees. You
should choose appropriate referees. They should have an informed, personal and professional
knowledge of your academic ability and should be able to exercise judgement of your research
potential. It is recommended that you select the supervisor of the most recent tertiary program in
which you are/were enrolled or the Head of Department or the Postgraduate Coordinator of the
Department.
Instructions for the referee Under normal circumstances the University will treat the contents of this form as
confidential and the applicant will not have access
to it. However you should be aware that in
some circumstances, the University may be required by Australian law to provide the applicant
with access to this form. Please complete Sections B and C, and forward the form by the
closing date (31 October 2020) directly to:
Email: rhdscholarships@flinders.edu.au
, OR
Student Finance
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
AUSTRALIA
SECTION A: (TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT)
1 Family Name:
2 Other Names:
3 Which research higher degree do you wish to undertake (tick appropriate box)?
Master of Arts Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Master of Theology
Master of Arts in Applied Population
Studies
Master of Engineering Doctor of Medicine
Master of Arts (Social Work) Master of Laws Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Biotechnology Master of Science
Master of Business Master of Surgery
Other degree (please
specify) :
Now forward this form to your referee, ensuring that he/she has adequate time to return it directly to
Flinders University by the closing date (31 October 2020).
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SECTION B: (TO BE COMPLETED BY REFEREE)
Applicant’s Full Name:
Please provide an objective assessment of the applicant. Rate the applicant under the following headings by
placing a number in the range of 1 to 5 in the appropriate box. A score of 1 indicates that an applicant’s
performance is not acceptable and a score of 5 indicates outstanding potential.
Research potential
O
verall research potential, (as distinct from examination results).
Creative ability
Ability to develop original ideas, hypotheses, to write original compositions or to
assemble orthodox work in some original way.
Initiative
A
bility to embark on new ideas or approaches without prompting.
Motivation
C
ommitment to working towards completion of a research higher degree.
Perseverance
A
bility to work steadily, even in difficult circumstances where direction is minimal.
Critical Ability
T
o differentiate between sound and irrationally based thinking.
Ability to
communicate
B
oth written and spoken and in English.
1 M
y professional knowledge of the applicant is:
Incomplete Adequate Good Very Good Very detailed
2 Based on the applicant’s overall academic performance and research potential the degree of support
I give the applicant is:
Nil Moderate Fairly Strong Strong Unreserved
3 In which year(s) of the applicant's career have you known him/her?
4 In what capacity have you known the applicant (eg. tutor, lecturer, supervisor, etc)?
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SECTION C:
REFEREES are requested to provide additional comments below on the applicant’s qualities, including:
capacity to work well with colleagues.
future potential for research contribution to the field of knowledge.
particular aspects of the applicant’s performance that have impressed you in regard to his/her research potential.
in the case of applicants in the Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences areas, relevant comments concerning cultural
understanding and awareness, linguistic ability etc. may be helpful.
any information as to the applicant’s research potential which is not apparent from the academic record.
any information as to the contribution of the applicant to publications.
Your written report is IMPORTANT and may be referred to in detail during the selection process. If possible, please complete
this form electronically, or attach typewritten comments, to ensure that your report can be easily read. This form can be
downloaded from http://www.flinders.edu.au/scholarships-system/index.cfm/scholarships/display/a215d
Referee’s Name:
Referee’s Position:
Institutional Address:
Signature of Referee:
Date:
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