You must upload THREE references to your application form. Applications will not be considered without references. All references must be written for your Saïd Foundation scholarship application and references which have been written for other purposes will not be accepted.


Who can be a referee

Referees should be able to comment in detail on your character and must not be relatives, friends or colleagues. One of your referees must be an academic who has taught you and can comment in detail on your academic ability.

Your second referee should be someone who can comment on your professional background (eg a current or recent employer). If you have not yet graduated you may provide a second academic reference.

A third referee should be able to testify to your involvement in extra-curricular activities, your voluntary or community service or your talent in areas such as sport, music, drama, etc.


Guidance for referees

Please download the Saïd Foundation Guidance Notes for Referees and give a copy to each of your referees.