Research Proposals

Have a look at a video taken at a CEU Open House at the Writing a compelling research proposal lecture 

Writing Research Proposals - University of California, Berkeley

Provides useful and detailed information about getting your proposal accepted.

How to Write your Resarch Proposal - University of Westminster

What is your resarch proposal used for and why it is important?

  • It is used to establish whether there is expertise to support your proposed area of research
  • It forms part of the assessment of your application
  • The research proposal you submit as part of your application is just the starting point, as your ideas evolve your proposed research is likely to change

How to Write a Research Proposal - University of Birmingham

A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic. It also demonstrates the originality of your proposed research.

The proposal is the most important document that you submit as part of the application process. It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate that you have the aptitude for graduate level research, for example, by demonstrating that you have the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely and critically. The proposal also helps us to match your research interest with an appropriate supervisor.

Examples of Research Proposals - York St Jones University

A very useful page. You can find four examples of research proposals here.