Your application pack will comprise of several documents, some of which may be new to you. During your interview process, we will work with you to get your pack in order. In the meantime you may refer to the brief guides below about what each component of your application pack comprises of what to include in it.
When you are preparing your application pack, use each specific document to only describe its related content. For example, do not use your research statement to highlight your personal strengths.
Individual documents in your application pack (e.g., personal statement, research statement, resume, cover letter, etc.) will collectively form an impression of your academic career. It is therefore important that you use each document for its intended purpose and be discriminating and strategic about the information you include in each one.
A personal statement is an essay you write about yourself. It's your opportunity to state why you'd like to do your internship at Phanous Research and Innovation Centre, and what skills and experiences you have that demonstrates your passion for the work your will be doing at our research lab.
The personal statement is considered as a support document. This means it is not supposed to replace or duplicate other documents in your application pack, such as your resume. Your personal statement, is unique to you, so is no standard template for it.
A good personal statement does not cover your childhood, or your distant future plans in great details. Instead, it focuses on now; What are your passions? Why is this opportunity appealing to you? What do you hope to achieve at the end of your internship? and What evidence do you have to back up your statements?
The personal statement is important because we only have a limited number of internships on offer, and most applicants are highly academically accomplished. You increase your chances for an internship if you can use your personal statement to effectively show,
What makes you the perfect match for our program?
What do you hope to learn/achieve from your internship?
How will your internship benefit your university?
Please pay attention to the following when preparing your Personal Statement.
Keep it to 1 page
Be to the point, write specific and natural.
The statement of purpose is not a literary produce, so don't use untowardly vocabulary or grammar. keep it straight and simple.
You may describe any personal circumstances that have affected your academic performance.
Don't forget to talk about what makes you enthusiastic and motivated for this subject.
A statement of purpose is an essay, describing the the purpose behind your application. It illustrates your professional journey from the past, to the present and also the future. The SOP is a summary of your academic background, current accomplishments, and future academic intentions.
The SOP is designed to complement other documents in your application pack, such as the CV. It is not a chronicle of your achievements, and is not supposed to duplicate or replace your resume. It is also not an autobiography.
A good SOP describes how and why you became interested in your indented field of studies (the past), what have done to increase your competencies in this field (the present), and what are your plans for the future, what do you hope to achieve (in the future).
The statment of purpose is important because it,
Allows you to directly communicate key features of your application that you consider are important.
Shows how the research lab will benefit by having you? The SOP is your opportunity to describe how you will be useful to the research lab and what are the unique features you being with yourself.
Shows how you will benefit by being a member of the research lab? The SOP is your opportunity to describe how being in the lab will serve your professional learning and development along your chosen career path? What will you gain here that is not available elsewhere?
Please pay attention to the following when preparing your statement of purpose.
Be selective about what you include.
Your SOP should be unique to you and reflect your individuality.
The document should be between 1 to 2 pages long.
You may write your statement in Persian or English.
Refrain from using sectioning and itemizing.
A research statement is a document with the purpose of describing the trajectory of your research to the hiring committee. It is a summary of your research accomplishments, current work, and future direction and potential of your work.
The statement of research should contain technical details, but at the same time be understandable by experts outside your sub-discipline. Therefore your statement of research should also present a holistic picture of your work.
A good research statements is a compelling and realistic agenda, which gives a sense of direction about your research work and illustrates the specific value you will add to Phanous and your innovation lab.
The statement of research allows you to,
Show that you can take on independent research.
Demonstrate your writing ability, independence as a researcher, and ability to earn.
State your short-term and long-term research goals.
Show how your research background and expertise will fit with the needs, facilities, and goals of your innovation lab.
Please pay attention to the following when preparing your statement of research.
The document should be between 1 to 3 pages long.
You may write your statement in Persian or English.
You may use sectioning and itemizing.
If you refer to any published work, include full citation details.