medical BLOG | DATE- 2022-12-24

Writing an Academic CV for a Scholarship

When submitting an application for a scholarship, your CV (curriculum vitae; also known as a resume) frequently serves as the initial screening tool to determine whether you meet the basic criteria of the call, whether your experience is relevant to the program you want to apply for, and whether you are a qualified applicant on all fronts.

A scholarship application's academic CV needs to be concise and precise. For the reader to see the key information, it is advised to use Times New Roman font, bullets, boldface, and capital letters. The data must be presented chronologically. Avoid using buzzwords and instead highlight something distinctive about you.

The purpose of the academic CV is to catch the scholarship provider's eye so that he will read the motivation letter, which seeks to persuade him that your application is the best fit out of all the others. Scholarships may not be awarded if an academic CV is poorly organized. As a result, the CV ranks among the most crucial records used in the evaluation process.

Think first and then build

You must evaluate yourself and decide which aspects of your professional, educational, and personal experience you will include on paper before you begin to write your curriculum vitae.

To have a more comprehensive understanding of what you have to offer, you should first acquire as much information as you can. Then, you should decide which content to show and how to do it. Research the scholarship provider and the type of applicant they are looking for, keeping in mind that they have the last word. In light of your CV, choose and emphasize the most pertinent abilities and experiences in your curriculum vitae.

You can get a head start on your studies by carefully reviewing the scholarship's requirements and description. Additionally, you can look through the profiles of other scholarship recipients.  You have the chance to examine their profile because scholarship providers frequently provide articles or university videos in which other academics discuss their experiences.

 Make a list of keywords that you come across while researching so that you know how to address your CV (resume). You will be able to decide, for instance, whether you should emphasize your academic, professional, or personal abilities and experiences more. It can also be useful in determining whether you should emphasize your abilities as a researcher, leader, creative, or socially conscious individual.

How Should an Academic CV for a Scholarship Be Organized?

Contact information, educational background, and professional experience are required to be included on every CV. However, it is advised to include other parts, such as those on awards and recognition, volunteer work and other experiences, software abilities, and languages, that make it simpler for the reader to find pertinent qualities.


You must provide your full name and contact details, such as your postal address, phone number, and email address, at the top of the page or in the header. Avoid using phrases like "CV," "curriculum vitae," or "resume," which lack a professional appearance.


It usually comes first because it will enable you to demonstrate that you meet the minimum entry requirements. When applying for a PhD, for instance, you already have a Master's degree; when applying for a master's degree, you already have an undergraduate degree. Include only the title you received, the university, the graduation year, the location and nation where you studied, and nothing else. Describe your qualifications or, if they were exceptional, add particular recognition.

Work Background:

Don't just focus on outlining the tasks you completed; also mention your successes and quantifiable outcomes. By doing this, you are showing the reader that you leave a mark at your workplace and that you are conscious of the effects of your work. Additionally, use first person but remove the pronoun "I." Keep in mind that it is about what you have done, so you should view your presentation as having you as its major character.

For instance, you should state, "I boosted the flow of patients by 20% over the same period last year and organized Volunteer campaigns with budgets of more than 500,000 Birr," rather than "Healthcare professional and Volunteer." Always state the facts in plain language.


List your fluency in each language along with its level (native, basic, moderate, or advanced). Stay away from complicated numerical scales that are hard for the reader to understand.


Mention your personal abilities along with your technical ones. This area is crucial so that the reader can see right away if you fit the profile he is interested in. Additionally, by doing this, you can exhibit balance and self-awareness.

Other crucial sections:

You can arrange them in a section to emphasize your accomplishments if you have published papers or received honors or certificates in addition to your official academic background. If available, include links to your publications as well.  Similar to this, it is advised to group your volunteer work or extracurricular activities into a separate section so that your initiative and social consciousness may be quickly shown.

Photo in my academic resume?

The call, the institution, and the nation to which you are applying determine a lot about the photo. However, in general, it is advised to include a professional photograph in your CV because it will give the reader a better impression of who is speaking. You should appear in the photo, making a welcoming and joyful gesture. Avoid fake smiles and serious expressions.

Tips for a Scholarship CV

Scholarships may not be awarded if an academic CV is poorly organized. We've outlined eight strategies for making your academic CV (resume) sound powerful and effective.

  1. Brief and precise: The reader of your CV will only have 30 seconds to read it, depending on the amount of applications. Because of this, aim to fit as much content as possible onto no more than two pages.
  2. flat but simple format. Use bullets, bold type, and capital characters to draw the reader's attention to important information. Additionally, it is advised that you use more than one column and clearly delineate the sections to make reading easier. Unless you are applying to an arts and designing, stay away from unusual designs and color blending.
  3. When providing information, be comprehensive. identify dates, names, and institutions. The data must be presented in reverse chronological sequence, starting with the most recent information.
  4. Use the right timing. The things you are currently doing must be in the present, and the things you have completed doing must be in the past. It may seem absurd, yet it does occur.
  5. Be sure to spell check. Your spelling, whether you write in English or another language, reveals a lot about your communication style and level of linguistic skill. Request the help of your friends and teachers to check each word and phrase because self-correction is not always effective.
  6. Avoid falling for tired tropes. You shouldn't use phrases like "I am passionate about" or "If given the chance, I shall prove my mettle," for instance. Instead, highlight a distinctive aspect of oneself.
  7. Don't put fancy email addresses on your resume; most people have them by the time they are 12 or 13. Life back then was absolutely hilarious. We attempted to send emails with such vivacious, creative IDs. The emails with humorous names, like or, are often saved by many of us. These come across as absolutely amateur. Make a name-only email address for yourself. In your resume, mention that.
  8. Make sure your résumé is organized. For all the points on your resume, use the same typeface. Times New Roman in size 12 appears okay. Take this on. For the subtitles, you might choose a little larger font (Times New Roman 14).

Samples and Templates

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WRITTEN BY - Hiwot Endale-Med In Ethiopia Team

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