Do not worry if a topic does not suggest itself to you immediately. This is really a simplified proposal form that includes the following parts: (thanks to Davis & Parker) Analyzing a potentially useful topic in this step? step way forces you to look at it objectively and precisely within two to four pages.
Be ready and willing to try out a number of possibilities to see how they develop. Here are some points to watch for: Let's say that's what has happened, and you're now in the happy position of writing the first draft of your formal proposal.
A well - done, acceptable proposal, therefore, is a kind of personal contract between you the candidate, and your committee.
The challenge lies - as usual - in deciding exactly what topic you want to propose!
Remember that it's often necessary to refine the first proposal, most likely by narrowing the scope of your study.
But this is all part of the essential process of formulating a working plan for a dissertation that will yield a successful result.
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By Cynthia Verba The dissertation proposal for a fellowship application, which is often an initial version of a dissertation prospectus, is a very special form of writing, a genre in its own right, with its own special context.
It is true that some fortunate students may be offered a specific topic or problem to pursue by a mentor whose preferences agree with the student's own.
But more often, your job is to come up with a specific topic or research question that shows promise for extended study.