Panda Tip: One sentence for each question/assertion.This is really part of the ‘notion of original research’ section. State whether you will plan to use different methods of data collection, and if so what they will be. Will you be using qualitative or quantitative collection of data?Please also note, the abstract, contents page, introduction and references should always appear on new pages on a printed document. Panda Tip: This should be clear and concise, while leaving the reader in no doubt as to your field of study.
Panda Tip: While this document has the form of a sample, the main body of an academic proposal needs to be based on your research idea: all the rest of the content needs to flow from that if it is to be academically credible.
The notes and guide that form most of the words in this template are more important than the sentences to fill in.
This is where you sell your research proposal to the reader.
You need to explain, clearly and simply, how your research will complement the field you have just described in your literature review: what you will add, how it fills an existing gap, why the academic world would benefit from your research, etc.
Often, the less ‘filler’ in an academic proposal, the better, as this means it is clear to your readers that your work is content-oriented.
Often, the title of a subsection will be enough to introduce it. Panda Tip: From here onwards, this sample is split into 13 sections according to the sections that should be included in an academic research proposal.
Example Naturally, the scope of this project is limited. It also will help you to know the scale of your work in the preliminary stages of planning, and help you to have realistic expectations of yourself.
Panda Tip: The reference list should always begin on a new page.
50-1000 words depending on the nature of your research. Which ones hold the books and documents you will need? Panda Tip: Probably less than 200 words, unless you have a very detailed plan already in mind. It is surprisingly important, as it shows that you can recognise the limited scale of your work.
This is where you explain how and where you plan to carry out your research. Note: this is like a preliminary contents page, but it does not need to be very specific, and can suggest sections rather than chapters at this stage, but the academics reading your proposal will be impressed to know that you have some idea how you may wish to present your work, and that you have some way in mind of translating your research to paper. Every project needs distinct limiting factors in order to be manageable. This section is optional, but may be helpful to show your potential supervisors that you are being realistic and recognise that your project has limits.