A personal statement or statement of purpose is usually a requirement of graduate school, post-doctoral programs, fellowships, and academic positions. It helps to provide the writer to elaborate on who they are and their accomplishments outside of the resume of CV to provide the reader with a holistic picture of you. Some institutions or programs provide an open-ended prompt, which allows freedom to include aspects that you deem important to include while others provide a specific prompt through questions.
1. What makes you uniquely qualified or suitable to be admitted to the program? What sets you apart from other applicants.
2. What skills and personality traits do you possess that would make you a successful candidate?
3. Why have you chosen this field of study and what has prepared you so far to be successful in it?
4. What are your future career goals and plans and how you plan to accomplish them?
Research statements are usually a requirement of graduate school, post-doctoral programs, fellowships, and academic positions. It provides a summary of previous research, where you research is currently and the future of your research. Be sure to also include particulars about potential research and industry partnerships and how your research matches the need, goals, and objectives of the department.