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									                                 Academic Referee’s Confidential Report
                                                                    May Mills Scholarship for Women
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The purpose of the May Mills Scholarship for Women is to encourage women, who have experienced significant
interruptions to their studies due to family responsibilities, to proceed to a research higher degree at Flinders
University. The May Mills Scholarship for Women will be offered to women to undertake a program of study that will
qualify them for admission to a research higher degree. Such studies may include Honours programs, postgraduate
coursework studies, or programs of bridging studies. The value of each scholarship will be $9,000.

To be eligible for consideration for the award of a scholarship in any given year, applicants must: (a) be an
Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia; (b) be female; (c) hold an excellent undergraduate degree; (d)
have experienced significant interruptions to their studies due to family responsibilities, requiring a break from study
or a reduction in enrolment load; (e) intend to proceed to a research higher degree at Flinders University on
completion of the May Mills Scholarship for Women.

The May Mills Scholarship for Women will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the extent to which an
applicant’s studies have been interrupted by family responsibilities.

More information is available from the Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office, ph: (08) 8201 3115,
email: scholarships@flinders.edu.au, website: http://www.flinders.edu.au/scholarships/

Instructions for the applicant: Please complete Section A below, then forward the form to your referee. You
should choose appropriate referees. If possible they should have an informed, personal and professional
knowledge of your academic ability and are able to exercise judgment of your research potential. It is recommended
that you select the Course Coordinator, Director of Studies or the Head of Department of the most recent tertiary
program in which you are/were enrolled.

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, 26 February 2010, directly to the address below:

                                     Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office
                                     Flinders University
                                     GPO Box 2100
                                     Adelaide SA 5001
                                     AUSTRALIA
                                     Fax: (08) 8201 5175

SECTION A:                  (TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT)

Student ID Number (if you have been enrolled at Flinders University):


First Name:                                                Family Name:

What course of study do you propose to undertake in 2010 (e.g. Honours in Politics)?



If your application is successful, which research higher degree do you intend to undertake on completion of the May
Mills Scholarship for Women (e.g. PhD in Biology, Master of Arts in Archaeology)?


    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, 26 February 2010.


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SECTION B:                  (TO BE COMPLETED BY REFEREE)

Applicant’s Full Name:

Please rate the applicant under the following headings by placing a number between 1 and 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. Please use your knowledge of the applicant in relation to all candidates for Honours and/or research
higher degree studies that you have known.

Research potential                   Overall 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                           Ability to embark on new ideas or approaches without prompting.

Motivation                           Commitment to working towards completion of a research higher degree.

Perseverance                         Ability to work steadily, even in difficult circumstances where direction is minimal.

Critical Ability                     To differentiate between sound and irrationally based thinking.

Ability to communicate               Both written and spoken and in English.

1.      Your professional knowledge of the applicant is:
     Incomplete               Adequate                   Good                   Very Good              Very Detailed

2.      Based on the quality of completed work, the applicant has a record which is:
          Poor                 Mediocre                  Good             Very Good                    Outstanding

3.      Based on the applicant’s overall academic performance and potential for the proposed course, the degree of
        support I give the applicant is:
            Nil                 Moderate         Fairly Strong               Strong             Unreserved

4.      In which year(s) of the applicant's career have you known her?


5.      In what capacity have you known the applicant (e.g. tutor, lecturer, supervisor, etc)?




6.      Has the applicant already completed an Honours degree?
        Yes    If “Yes”, please complete question 6a.

        No     Go to Section C.

              6a    Indicate the level of Honours obtained by the applicant:
                             First

                             Upper second

                             Other. Please specify:


                                     Please complete Section C on the following page




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SECTION C:

Referees are also asked to provide comments on this application for a May Mills Scholarship for Women. Attach
additional pages if the space below is insufficient. In particular, please comment on the following:
• the applicant’s academic merit and future research potential; and
• interruptions to the applicant’s studies due to family responsibilities; and
• suitability of the applicant’s proposed program of studies in 2010 as preparation for admission to a research
    higher degree.
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/




Referee’s Name:

Referee’s Position:

Institutional Address:


Signature of Referee:                                                                      Date:

     Please return this form directly to: Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office, Flinders
       University, GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001, Australia, fax: (08) 8201 2580 by the closing date,
                                               26 February 2010.
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