Good Research Proposals

Start by making an outline, then start writing to fill it in.

When you come to something you need, but don't have, put it in brackets.

..give one or two of these strategies a try, and you'll be well on your way to getting a complete first draft!Read through your plan and make sure it has approximate dates for each phase of your research, amounts (number of people to be interviewed, number of samples to be gathered, number of subjects in the experiment, etc.), is precise about what will be done, and justifies these choices.BUDGET: The main problems encountered with budgets are that they are not specific, that expensive equipment is requested but its use is not justified in the proposal, or, conversely, that the budget is unrealistically low. More information on creative project proposals, including advice from successful Haas Scholars applicants, will be posted soon.You need that precious space for your background and justification and your plan!To trim it, remove anything that's covered elsewhere in the application. The beauty of having headings in your proposal is it means you don't need transitions.Just keep identifying the information, evidence, and, citations that you know you will need to get.By the end of the process, you will have a draft--albeit with many holes--but you will also have a better idea of what you need to do in order to write a more complete draft.", or "Why is this program more successful than other similar programs? The important thing is that you should not know the answer to your question before you start, and you should be open to having your hunch be disproven.STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Is your statement of purpose more than 175 words long? Details about the debates you are addressing can be moved into the background and justification section.Make a list of all the sections that you know your proposal will need to cover.These may include the research question, relevant background, what others have said about your topic, why it is an important question to answer, methodology, and your qualifications to undertake the research.

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