Raising the Competition

Improving your CV

If you’re a Ph.D. student looking for the next step in your career, how can you stand out in a crowded field? What is the best way to rise above the competition and elevate your CV? Besides detailing your area of expertise and published works, how else can you demonstrate that you’re a competitive academic?

Hiring departments want to see a diverse and broad range of achievements on your CV. To do this, you’ll want to list all your accomplishments and show that you’re someone a department needs to add. A great way to add a few pops of prestige is by applying to and being awarded fellowships.

And don’t just take our word for it. Resume-building experts agree that having a fellowship is instrumental in getting your CV noticed.

Dr. Karen Kelsky, author of “The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning your Ph.D. into a Job,” says that not only should you have fellowships, but they’re a vital component of any CV.

“The organizing principle of the CV is prioritizing peer review and competitiveness… Awards and honors reveal high levels of competition, as do fellowships and grants.”

Universities want to see them as well, even going so far as to call them a “basic” part of any academic CV.

Besides the long-term investment in your career, fellowships provide direct financial aid to get you through your Ph.D. program without going into massive amounts of debt. Financial peace of mind will help you focus on what matters most, like getting your research published.  

Now’s the time to start preparing your fellowship applications for next academic year. Down the road, you’ll be glad you took a little extra time to apply.

How IHS can help
If you’re looking for financial support and want to add prestige to your CV, our Humane Studies Fellowship is accepting applications. The Fellowship is open those enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program and is intended for anyone interested in teaching, developing, or studying the ideas of classical liberalism in the social sciences or humanities. We’ve considered a wide range of scholars from those studying free-market environmental policy to property rights in 18th Century England. If you think your area of study is a good fit, please apply!

Our Humane Studies Fellowship not only grants you up to $15,000, but also connects you with our vast network of hundreds of esteemed faculty and fellow graduate students.  This connection makes IHS a champion for your academic career. You’ll be able to count on IHS for networking opportunities as well as invitations to dozens of IHS events held at campuses and conferences across the country.

Applications close February 10.

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