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How to write a winning CV for a Ph.D. program?

Updated on July 9, 2014


Everyday, numerous Ph.D. positions are advertised in all research fields. Finding appropriate Ph.D. program of your interest is quite challenging, as hundreds of applicants from all over the world apply for any advertised Ph.D. openings.

First step in the selection process includes screening your curriculum vitae (CV). Writing CV for a Ph.D. fellowship is quite different than creating CV for other kinds of jobs. Your CV shows your accomplishments in the academic field. Presenting suitable CV is important as it allows the selection committee to consider your candidature for the next step in the hiring process. Here’s the general guidelines and some tips that help you to construct an outstanding CV exclusively for a Ph.D. position.

Creating successful CV can be a three-step process. First, make a rough draft about your schooling, research and work experiences, training, achievements and the awards or scholarship that you have received during your career. Second step, make sections and sub-sections and arrange the contents of the CV in a right order. In the final step, proofread for any grammar or spelling errors and format with right style and font size. You can think about presenting your CV in the following order: (1) personal profile; (2) research/work experience; (3) honors/awards/fellowship; (4) technical skills; (4) publications and abstracts submissions; (5) presentation/invited talks, conference or meeting attendance; (6) additional skills; (7) references.

Personal profile

In the personal profile section of your CV provide information such as your full name, corresponding postal address, telephone number that includes international and area codes, e-mail address and details about your educational background. The educational background should incorporate all the degrees that you have obtained. The major subjects you studied, from which university the degree was awarded, the class/grade obtained in each of your degree course and the date the degree received. Additionally, you can also include about your English Language tests score (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).

Research/work experiences

Many applicants will not have research or work experiences. So you can include or skip this section in your CV. However, if you have done any research project during your Master’s degree program include it. Additionally, if you have done any internship or worked part-time during your education you can state it. The work experience should be related to your specialty.

Honors/Awards/Fellowship

This section of the CV is considered as very important while awarding Ph.D. scholarship. Give the details about the fellowships/awards obtained during your career. This piece of information will demonstrate your ability in the field and also, provides evidence to be a successful researcher. You can also include travel awards that you have received to attend any conference/meetings.

Technical skills

You should pay more attention to this section of your CV. The selection committee intimately looks at this section to find out whether you have the technical expertise to work on their projects or should they provide you with any training. List all the techniques/procedures that you have learnt during your education.

Publications

Your CV becomes more competitive if you show your publication record. During your education, if you have authored/co-authored any books or publications relevant to your field than present it. The list of publications should include author(s), article title, publication date, journal name, volume and page numbers. You can bold your name in the publication list.

Presentations/invited talks, conference or meeting attendance

This part of your CV will demonstrate your exposure and active participation in the research field. Under this section, you can provide the details about your conference attendance, invited talks and poster presentations. Make sure to include the information about the conference venue, date held and title of your poster/talk.

Additional skills

In addition to your academic career, if you have learnt any skills such as a computer program or knowledge about foreign language, you can incorporate it under additional skills section.

References

It has become mandatory in academia to ask for 2-3 reference letters. Try to maintain pleasant relationship with your referees. You may have excellent academic background, sound technical expertise but with bad references, your application will be rejected. Provide full-contact information about referees such as his/her full name, title, email address and telephone numbers. The referee should be in a capacity to verify your research or technical expertise, personality and scholarly activities.

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