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Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (CV) is an all-encompassing tool used to showcase academic, research and professional accomplishments. This document may resemble a resume, but is more comprehensive and typically used when applying for positions within academic institutions or areas where field specific knowledge and expertise is required. 

The terms curriculum and vitae are derived from Latin and mean "courses of my life". In industry, both in and outside of the US, the term CV and resume may be used interchangeably. Identify your audience and understand which document they are requesting.


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Use our online Resume/CV builder


Look at a variety of CVs within your field to build your personal awareness of how professionals communicate their value in today's marketplace.  The sample vitas below suggest formats. They are not meant to legislate what the content or length of your CV should be. Refer to our library of CV samples and stay abreast of your respective departmental guides.
The Versatile Ph.D. is a resource provided by The Graduate School at Duke.

Review specific country or region expectations if you are looking to apply for positions abroad. When applying abroad, a different style of CV may be required; you will want to customize your document.
Book: The CV Handbook

Learn some professional CV basics and begin to craft your first draft. Strategically convey experiences to create your career specific CV. Use these Career Center Resources to get you started

Anatomy of a Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

Research / Teaching Interests (optional)


Research Experience / Assistantship

Projects under review and in progress

Publications (Refereed, Under Review, Submitted To, Forthcoming/In Process)

            Books, Chapters, Reviews

            Journal Articles

            Columns and Guest Blogging

Invited talks (lectures, presentations)

Conference Presentations / Poster Sessions

Media Contributions (interviewed or quoted in media – NY Times/CNN)

Teaching Experience / Assistantships 

            Lecturer, adjunct, associate instructor etc.

Instructor of Record / Instructor with Sole Responsibility, Institution, Class name and number, number of students, semester, year




Service to:

            Profession i.e. Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Publications/Conferences

            University Level

            Departmental Level, University, or School Level




External Funding / Fellowships / Grants

Professional Experience




Technical, Computer, Language, Other


Memberships / Affiliations


CV’s are frequently longer than resumes, since they emphasize academic achievements. 
The organizational order should align with the needs of the employer and may vary within disciplines.


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