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.Panda Tip: Please note that the nature of a research proposal will vary depending on your specific audience.
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.
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.
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.
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.