Preparing an Effective Curriculum Vitae

Many graduate schools will request that you submit your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume with your application. A curriculum vitae (also known as a CV or vita) is an overview of professional activities and accomplishments.  In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used primarily when applying for academic, scientific or research positions. It is also used to present qualifications when applying to graduate school and for fellowships or grants. Because of your limited academic experience in this early stage of your career, your CV and your resume will likely contain very similar information. For example, you may not have any teaching or research experience or published papers (common section on CVs) so you will leave these sections off your CV. However, your academic background, activities, and achievements should be more fully documented on your CV. Since the graduate school admissions committee is interested in your potential to complete good academic work and research, you should always provide your CV and not your job search resume.

CV vs. Resume
Learn the difference between a CV and a resume

CV General Tips
Use the information on this page when preparing or revising your CV.

CV Section Tips
This page provides tips for each of the sections of a CV.