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Building your story: how to write a narrative scientific CV


Participants will learn the basic components of a narrative CV and how to transform their traditional CVs into narrative ones. 




Early and mid-career researchers


The traditional CV favours evaluation shortcuts such as research metrics and penalizes applicants with non-traditional career paths. Major research funding agencies and recruiters are adopting new formats that incorporate narrative elements, either supplementing or substituting the standard CV, trying to obtain a more comprehensive portrait of the career and professional skills of the applicants.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the strengths and weaknesses of a traditional CV and the rationale behind a narrative CV.
  • Learn about the different formats of a narrative CV and common feedback from the community and reviewers.
  • Learn to identify and categorize education, professional experience and skills in your CV to transfer them to the different sections of a narrative CV.
  • Practise writing some of the sections of the CV.

Study commitment

In preparation for the workshop participants should send their standard CV and a cover letter.

Other relevant information

Participants should bring a laptop for this course.

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to


Finished editions
  • 2024 Edition 1, Trimester 1: March, IN-PERSON : 21/03/2024


Thiago Carvalho & David del Álamo
Thiago Carvalho & David del Álamo

Thiago Carvalho, PhD in Biology, has 12 years of research experience as well as experience as scientific editor and scientific writer. He was head of graduate programmes at Gulbenkian Institute and Champalimaud Foundation.

David del Álamo, PhD in Biology, has 12 years of research experience and experience as a scientific editor. He was head of the EMBO Fellowship programme.