Resume

Some fellowships require a resume, curriculum vitae, or activities list as part of an application package. Format for this list should follow a professional model, but unlike professional resumes, this list does not need to be confined to one page—most fellowships specify page allowances.

Because fellowships usually allow for a couple pages of activities, you should use the allotted space to present your activities in an organized yet detailed format, meaning that each activity should include a description of what it entailed and your specific role. Do not sell yourself short. Emphasize your leadership and substantive involvement as much as possible.

Initially it will be helpful to put together a broad list of possible activities, ranging from clubs on campus to volunteering events to language skills or sports activities to publications and honors and awards. In your initial draft, try to include as much information as possible. We will work with you to both pare down and elaborate this initial list. Part of the editing process is to prioritize what is most important to you. It also allows you to craft the resume in such a way as to have your activities reflect and embody the core values of the fellowship to which you are applying.

Once you have an initial draft, you will want to form your list around specific categories. By breaking your activities into three or four different sub-groups, you both make your document more accessible to the reader as well as highlight the diversity of your interests. Sometimes this organization will be determined by the particular fellowship’s goals, core values, or orientation. For example, if you are applying for a fellowship founded for the encouragement of public service, then you will want to highlight your volunteer activity or your internships in the public sector. On the other hand, if the fellowship emphasizes international understanding, you may want to highlight your language skills and study abroad experiences, thus making this an integral subcategory with more illustrative descriptions.

Possible categories to think about include athletics, research activities, publications, discipline-specific activities, public service activities, employment, leadership positions, and language proficiency.