Reference Letter - RISP

The two mandatory Reference Letters are to be composed of:

One Academic Reference : The academic reference letter should be issued /written recently (i.e. within the last three months), and reflecting on recent /current events, by an academic person (e.g.: applicant`s university professor)who can provide relevant comments and observations on the applicant's academic or professional achievements

One Roma Reference : A Roma reference letter should be issued/written recently (i.e. within the last the past three months)and reflecting on recent / current events, by the leader of a legally registered Roma organization who can provide relevant comments and observations on the applicant`s involvement in Roma-related activities;

  • Both letters are mandatory, and are to be scanned and uploaded as attachments within the corresponding OAF section and must fulfill the below requirements:
  • The reference letters should be detailed, informative, relevant, and written specifically to serve the application to REF SP; the reference letter should also bear date, the original signature and stamp (if stamp available);
  • Reference Letter shall NOT be written by a relative or a personal friend of the applicant, by a person who applied for REF scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year, by a member of the International Selection Board, or by a person who is currently receiving a REF scholarship;
  • Students applying for any of the REF scholarship schemes are not allowed to write a reference letter for other applicants;
  • The Reference Letter must be completed in the REF SP Reference Letter Template available here; please make sure you provide your referee(s) with this template.

Note 1: Reference letters that will fail to comply with the requirements specified above or will be simple certifications of enrollment in academic institution, or employment, etc., will not be considered, and subsequently, the RL will be considered as missing from the application.

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