At the beginning of the third semester (Deadline: August 31), a written dissertation proposal shall be submitted to the admission and examination committee. The mentor or prospective supervisor of the dissertation comments on the proposal before the committee. The admission and examination committee consents to the continuation of the doctoral program by accepting the dissertation proposal and recognizing the successful coursework of the first year of study.
Formal requirements and structure
Length of Dissertation Proposal has to be agreed with the supervisor.
1. Title page:
- (Working) Title
- Short Abstract
- Provide an overview of your research question
- Explain why it is of academic and/or practical importance/relevance
- Outline the main objectives of your research, what is the contribution, what kind of findings do you anticipate, how will you interpret the findings, what are the implications of your research, provide details of two or three key aspects
3. Relevant literature and theoretical background
- Demonstrate that you are aware of the debates and issues raised in relevant bodies of literature
- Identify your niche within the literature and how your own research question might make a useful contribution to the area
- In specific cases this section might also include the development of hypotheses supported by theoretical reasoning
- Demonstrate an awareness of the methodological tools available to you and show some understanding of which would be suitable for your research
- State the main research techniques (econometric techniques, interviews, case studies, modeling etc.) you might use
- Indicate your suggested data collection procedures, indicating sources and any possible difficulties you might encounter and how you would address them
- Name any analytical techniques you intend to use
- If applicable, describe what kind of artifact(s) will be created as part of your work, describe the methods that are planned to be used for creating and evaluating the artifact(s)
5. (Expected) Research results and future plan
- What are the expected findings and how do they relate to the hypotheses (if applicable)?
- How would your results fit into the larger context?
- Add your proposed timetable of activities
- Present a short outlook on future research topics
- List the references in your proposal
A research proposal is a document proposing a research project, generally in the sciences or academia, and generally constitutes a request for sponsorship of that research. Proposals are evaluated on the cost and potential impact of the proposed research, and on the soundness of the proposed plan for carrying it out. Research proposals generally address several key points:
- What research question(s) will be addressed, and how they will be addressed
- How much time and expense will be required for the research
- What prior research has been done on the topic
- How the results of the research will be evaluated
- How the research will benefit the sponsoring organization and other parties
Research proposals may be solicited, meaning that they are submitted in response to a request with specified requirements, such as an request for proposal, or they may be unsolicited, meaning they are submitted without prior request. Other types of proposals include "preproposals", where a letter of intent or brief abstract is submitted for review prior to submission of a full proposal; continuation proposals, which re-iterate an original proposal and its funding requirements in order to ensure continued funding; and renewal proposals, which seek continued sponsorship of a project which would otherwise be terminated.
Academic research proposals are generally written as part of the initial requirements of writing a thesis, research paper, or dissertation. They generally follow the same format as a research paper, with an introduction, a literature review, a discussion of research methodology and goals, and a conclusion. This basic structure may vary between projects and between fields, each of which may have its own requirements.