Curriculum Vitaes (CVs)
What is a Curriculum Vitae?
Loosely translated from Latin as "courses of my life" a CV encompasses the entirety of one's academic, research, and professional work and accomplishments. CVs are generally used in academic or research career settings to apply for jobs, tenure, and grant and fellowship applications. Unlike a resume, which should never be longer than 2-pages, CVs can be a long as necessary. CVs of many mid- and late-career scholars can be 20 pages or longer.
The goal of your CV is to clearly communicate and illustrate your educational background, your research and publication record and creative works for those in the arts, teaching experience, presentations, honors & awards, and funded grants. While these are the standard sections that should be included in every CV, the style can vary depending on your discipline and additional sections may be included. Click on the CV button below for more information and tips on developing your CV, templates, and examples.
The following are resources to help you build your own CV. Once you have a draft, we recommend that you ask your faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department to review it and provide feedback on any adjustments or changes they recommend.
CV Resources and Guides
Stanford's Guide for Pursuing Meaningful Work
A fantastic resource for both academic and non-academic career preparation, this guide includes an overview of how to craft your CV and includes sample CVs for the natural sciences, engineering, education, social sciences, and humanities, pgs. 41-54 (PDF).
Purdue OWL Guide on Writing the Curriculum Vitae
Overview of CV content, purpose, and format guidelines.
Duke University Career Center's CV Resources
This collection includes CV guidelines and examples from numerous disciplines.