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I'm just finishing my PhD but don't yet have the qualification.

I'm applying for a post-doc and need to construct a CV.

Should I include my PhD as "ongoing" in a separate section to the rest of my education? Or can I just indicate it as part of my education, but with a note like "2011-present" or something?

  • you can add your expected graduation time, to clarify when you will be available for the next job. – Ran G. Jun 5 '15 at 18:51
  • Expected graduation 2016 – Alexander Kartun-Giles Jun 5 '15 at 20:12
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Should I include my PhD as "ongoing" in a separate section to the rest of my education? Or can I just indicate it as part of my education, but with a note like "2011-present" or something?

The second option. I.e., just indicate it as part of the education while noting explicitly something like "2011- 2016 (expected)"

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Building on the above answer, to be completely clear, you should also consider stating your status explicitly afterwards, like so:

2011-2016 (expected) PhD/doctoral candidate, Name of University Thesis Title: "XXX"

"Doctoral candidate" would be a further acceptable alternative to "PhD candidate" and some people add the name of their doctoral supervisor, especially if the application is for a faculty/research position and it's someone in your field who might be known to the committee.

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