Each section includes example notes and guidance on the suggested length and content.Some sections also include suggested content templates to be filled in, but given the nature of a research proposal as academic, this can unfortunately only be limited.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.
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.
The abstract needs to be entirely your own words, as every abstract will be completely different depending on your topic.
Like the rest of the document, apart from block quotations, it should be double-spaced and laid out clearly.
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.
A good title structure can often be “Short Title: Longer Explanation of Your Field”.Many people writing research proposals make the mistake of trying to over-complicate their language with the idea that it will make them sound academic / impressive.What is most impressive is having an idea that is worthy of academic research whilst remaining comprehensible.Panda Tip: Length can vary immensely, but probably 300-1500 words or more, depending on the nature of your research.This is one of the most important sections of your research proposal.It demonstrates that you know your field, who the key research players are in it, what has been said in the past and what is being said at the moment.You will want to mention, and where appropriate quote from, key works in your area.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.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?