How to Write an Effective Research Interest Statement

#97 — A research interest statement is essential to successfully apply for an academic job. In this episode, we delve into how to craft an outstanding one. [1]

We cover strategies to outline your past, current, and future research in a concise format. We also explain other key elements such as, creating a compelling introduction, detailing research plans, aligning with targeted labs or departments, and writing a strong conclusion. Plus, get tips on personalizing your applications while maintaining clarity and conciseness.

While you're here, check out our related article packed with tips to help you shine at your next job interview. [2] Or, if you're considering working abroad, check out some of its pros and cons. [3]

1. How to Write a Killer Research Interest Statement. Available at:
2. How To Shine in a Job Interview. Available at:
3. The Pros and Cons of a PhD or Post-doc in a Foreign Country. Available at:

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How to Write an Effective Research Interest Statement