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On a CV, where do you put applications for external funding?

  1. Dec 12, 2015 #1
    When applying to graduate school, I consider it significant that I'm applying for external fellowships (since, in theory, it means the grad school may not have to fund me). Presently on my CV, I have a section for "national awards", and there I list

    Blah blah blah award 1
    blah blah blah award 2
    blah blah blah fellowship (2016) (pending)

    Would this be correct? Would "applied for" be a better term?
    I won't hear back about the fellowship until shortly after I hear about grad school acceptances, so there's no opportunity to change it once I hear back.

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  3. Dec 13, 2015 #2

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    (Pending) implies a certainty - i.e. you have been told, but the formal announcement has not been made. (Applied for) is not something that belongs on a CV. And, frankly, while you may consider it significant, the committee probably won't. At that stage of their careers, they've all applied for things they didn't get.
  4. Dec 13, 2015 #3
    I agree about "pending". My professors told me to put it on there (since it may boost my application slightly, having applied for external funding) but I'm not sure.
  5. Dec 13, 2015 #4

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    Nobody cares about the applications; they only care about the successes- same for papers, people only care about papers accepted for publication. 'Pending' is marginally important.
  6. Dec 13, 2015 #5


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    I would say "applied for" is the more accurate term. It may not help but I presume it won't hurt to mention it, especially if you think you have a reasonable chance of getting it. It is similar to listing a publication as "submitted".
  7. Dec 13, 2015 #6
    Also true. It does only take up one line, so I'm sure it can't hurt. I will have it listed as "blah blah blah Fellowship (application submitted)". Maybe unprofessional, but it can't hurt.
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