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The application of CV and RESUME could be confusing as to when to use it. Some scholarship applicants at times  find it confusing of what to include in both.

The word “Curriculum Vitae” is derived from the Latin word which means “Course of life” ; the word “RESUME” is gotten from the French language which means “Summary”. Both are structured towards a particular school or course that you are applying to.

However, there are differences between them and we will take a look at their differences. As an applicant, a scholarship body might ask you to submit either a CV or a RESUME therefore,  there is a need to understand their differences.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

  • Emphasizes academic accomplishment for the specific purpose that you are applying for.
  • Used when applying for scholarship positions, academic positions, grants and fellowship.
  • Always begins with education and can include name of advisor and dissertation title or summary. Also used for merit/tenure review and sabbatical leave.
  • Length depends upon experience and includes a complete list of publications, posters, and presentations.


  • Resume emphasize skills.
  • Used when applying for a position in industry, non-profit, and public sector.
  • Should not be longer than 2 pages, with an additional page for publications and/or poster presentations if highly relevant to the application or job.
  • After 1 year of industry experience, lead with work experience and place education section at the or near the end, depending on the  qalification.

One of the key determinants of winning a scholarship is a well detailed and structured CV or RESUME. Several applicants trivialize tidying up their CV and RESUME. I want to encourage you today to get on your CV and RESUME and work diligently on it.

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