How to Turn Your Professional Resume into a Fellowship Resume

Fellowship resumes differ in many ways from your professional entry-level resume. Although both resumes are created to prove your abilities, your fellowship resume allows you more room for creativity and gives you more physical space on the page to detail your accomplishments and express your abilities.

But just how should a fellowship resume show off your achievements? Here are 4 suggestions to get you started:

1. Take more time.

Although you probably pared your professional resume down to a succinct one page, you can use your fellowship resume to paint a more detailed picture of who you are.

Your professional resume caters to a specific position, but fellowship boards look for a general passion rather than requiring particular skills for the workplace. Brainstorm all your extracurricular activities and accomplishments – big and small – and make a list for your fellowship resume. Then pare down the list to two pages of things you truly care about.

2. Develop your academics.

On a professional resume, the academics section is usually straightforward, listing your school, and your major. Your resume might also include your GPA. But fellowship resumes require a more in-depth look at your academic life in college.

If you wrote a senior thesis or completed significant independent research, list the title of your paper, the dates you were working, and your adviser on your fellowship resume.

Feel free to include a short description of your work if the subject is unclear. To illustrate your experience in your field of study, name a few other courses on your fellowship resume that apply to your subject and intended research.

3. Tell a story with your activities.

Your work during a fellowship is largely motivated by your own interests, not an employer’s, so activities reveal crucial insight into your passions and future goals. The extracurricular activities on your fellowship resume should tell a story about the person you are and the kind of work you would do during the fellowship.
Some things that are useful in a professional setting can be cut from a fellowship resume: leave off typing skills or proficiency in a computer program – unless you created it!

But like in your professional resume, the activities on your fellowship resume should relate to the fellowship’s focus. If it’s public service, for example, include a separate section on your fellowship resume that assembles all your work in the community to catch your reader’s eye.

4. Focus on independence.

As all fellowships include a significant amount of independent research resulting in a final thesis, remember to emphasize your ability to work independently and take initiative throughout your fellowship resume.

Listing independent academic research on your fellowship resume is important, but demonstrating your leadership and self-sufficiency in your activities or work experience will make your fellowship resume stand out. If you started a club or organized a community event, you reveal your strength not only as a leader, but a strong fellowship candidate.