Who can be
a referee and
It is important to select your referees carefully. They must be known to you and must not be a relative or a close personal friend. You must provide three different references – one academic, one professional and one voluntary.
An academic referee
• They must be an academic who has taught you.
• They should comment in detail on your academic ability including your final position in the class (e.g. 1st out of 15 students).
• They should also comment on your potential to complete a demanding postgraduate programme in the UK.
A professional referee
• They can be either a current or recent employer.
• They should comment on your role and experience and how it is relevant to your chosen course.
• They should also comment on your leadership skills and experience and potential to bring change in your field.
• If you do not have any professional experience then you must provide a second academic or voluntary reference.
A voluntary or
• They should be an individual who can comment on your voluntary or community service.
• They should comment on your role and how long you have participated in the voluntary or extra-curricular activity.
• They should also comment on your commitment to the role and provide details of any notable achievements.
• Be written in English, signed by the referee and provided on official headed paper where possible.
• Include contact details for the referee (both a telephone number and an email address). If you are selected for an interview the Saïd Foundation will contact your referee to verify the information they have provided.
• Be written in support of your application for a Saïd Foundation scholarship. References that have been written for other purposes will not be accepted.
You should download our Guidance for Referees and give a copy to each of your referees.Download Guidance for Referees