The thing that stands between you and your ultimate career goals is that pesky dissertation, and the first step in completing it is the Ph D proposal.
Fortunately, that is something that falls within our area of expertise.
The project description is a major part of the full grant application, so the dissertation proposal can serve as a stepping stone towards a complete DDRIG application, if desired.
For those who choose not to seek NSF funding, the proposal format will still be helpful for other types of fellowship and funding applications.
The proposal, sometimes called the prospectus, is composed mainly of the Introduction, Research Questions, Literature Review, Research Significance and Methodology.
It may also include a dissertation/thesis outline and a timeline for your proposed research.
To help you nail down a Ph D proposal with awesome results, we have put together this how-to.
But before we get to the specifics, it is better to pose a straightforward question. And of course, the answer depends on why you’ve decided to pursue your degree.
Finally, it should briefly discuss any research costs involved and the anticipated sources of funding.
The written proposal is modeled on the project description for an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) in Linguistics.