This template details a set of steps that can be very helpful to a) keep you on track, and b) keep your supervisor on track (they have a number of students’ proposals to review and give feedback).
Little steps can provide faster feedback turnaround times, and more cohesive commentary from one review to the next.
This colloquium proposal development plan is designed for a masters’ level thesis research proposal, of about 20 (and possibly up to 30) pages in length. It can be adapted for a doctoral dissertation research proposal by scaling up the sizes of each section…it is relatively similar enough.
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A reference that may be helpful:
Punch, K. F. (2000). Developing effective research proposals. London, UK: Sage.