Resume and CV Tips for Fellowship & Scholarship Applications

Use the tips and samples below to help you develop your resume/CV for fellowship and scholarship applications. Once you have a draft, you are encouraged to contact Erin Wolfram at to request a resume/CV review.

General Tips

Typically for national competitions, you will need to keep your document to no more than two pages.

Use a legible font ranging in size from 10 to 12 point for your main content.

Break your content into thematic sections such as (as relevant to you):

  • Education
  • Internship/Work Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Campus Involvement
  • Community Involvement
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Honors & Awards

Focus on accomplishments and outcomes more than duties and responsibilities. Quantified statements are always helpful.

Include strong action verb statements. These are easy to read and skim.

Avoid complete sentences, overly flowery language, and long paragraphs. Be direct and concise.

Focus on valuable experiences. Anything on your document is fair game for an interview, so make sure you are prepared to elaborate on all of the content you include.

More Information

View the resume and CV tips from KU Career Services for more information. The information provided is directed toward resumes and CVs for job and internship applications, but the general advice is still applicable to documents for scholarship and fellowship applications.

University Career Center: Resumes | CVs

Business Career Services: Resumes

Engineering Career Services: Resumes and CVs


A majority of these samples are one-page documents; however, you may use these as guides to help you get started.

Engineering & Leadership (.pdf)

Public Relations Example (.pdf)

Community Health Example (.pdf)

Government Example (.pdf)

Linguistics Example (.pdf)

Think Tank Example (.pdf)

Medical Sales Example (.pdf)

Biochemistry/Pre-Med Example (.pdf)

Environmental Studies Example (.pdf)