I recently discovered NCBI’s My Bibliography and SciENcv tools, which are super helpful for preparing correctly-formatted biosketches (a kind of CV that’s tailored for grant and fellowship applications). My Bibliography  also helpful for just keeping a list of your publications & presentations (start early and keep up  to date). And a MyNCBI account also lets you do things like save PubMed searches. So here are some helpful resources to get you started

note – the video is not a tutorial just an overview, but there are some tutorials linked to below 

My NCBI Help [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 2005-. My NCBI Help. 2010 Dec 13 [Updated 2021 Jun 28]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3842/ 

My NCBI Help [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 2005-. My Bibliography. 2010 Dec 13 [Updated 2021 Jun 28]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53595/ 

My NCBI Help [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 2005-. SciENcv. 2013 Aug 12 [Updated 2021 Jun 28]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK154494/ 

My NCBI, quick intro video from National Library of Medicine – note: it’s part of a whole series of videos they have, so check out the others too: https://youtu.be/fTlGVPXLXeE 

Perfecting your Biosketch: A SciENcv Workshop, Lamar Soutter Library: https://youtu.be/7mAL6dGS4Ao 

The stuff below is for NIH biosketches. If you’re doing an NSF one look to their guidelines. 

Official NIH instructions for biosketches https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/forms-g/general/g.240-r&r-seniorkey-person-profile-(expanded)-form.htm#Instructions 

Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples (official from NIH – has templates & examples) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm 

Better at the Bench: Week 4: How to prepare a stellar NIH biosketch – a really helpful blogpost I found with tips from Orit Rapaport (from the Research Development Office within the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford) (note that it’s out of date with the recent changes) https://www.betteratthebench.com/week-4-how-to-prepare-a-stellar-nih-biosketch 

recent changes (the biggest things for fellowship applicants to note is Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’. and the “Research Support” part is removed from section D (so now you just put your grades there): https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-073.html 

grad-school & postdoc-related posts: https://bit.ly/gradpostdocetc 

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