CVs and NIH Biosketches
The curriculum vitae (CV) is your professional biography. In many academic situations, such as the appointment, promotion or tenure process, it is the major source of information about you that is provided to others, internal and external. Therefore, your CV must communicate your activities and accomplishments as clearly and effectively as possible.
For information on preparing your CV, visit our Guidelines for an Effective CV or download a Guide to CVs here. We recommend a CV template: download a Word file of this template here. This template is based on the model created by the AAMC. Download the template and enter your information, delete the instructions in italics,and save under your own file name.
Consider requesting an individual career consultation to obtain feedback on the content and format of your CV.
NIH Biographical Sketch
Most grant applications require a Biographical Sketch ("Biosketch"), an abbreviated record of your accomplishments. If you are engaged in research, even as a collaborator, you will need a biosketch. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biographical Sketch is the most common format. It is similar to a CV but limited to four (4) pages with information pertinent to the application. The biosketch must include standard biographical information in addition to four (4) key sections:
Personal Statement, which must be targeted to the specific grant application.
Positions and Honors, in chronological order
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications, limited to no more than 15
Research Support, listing ongoing and completed research projects.
To learn more about the NIH Biosketch, view sample documents and to download the current template, please visit the NIH website here.