You are advised to discuss your research proposal with your supervisor before submitting your application. If you are applying for a CDA, you are expected to discuss your approach to the project with the university and/or partner supervisor ahead of submitting your application. The advertised project details should inform your own research proposal, but should not be copied verbatim into the application form.
Please give a provisional, working title for your research proposal.
Your proposal should clearly articulate the aims and objectives of your doctoral research. It should engage with appropriate literature, outline your proposed research methods, and where appropriate indicate the potential impact of the research.
If you are applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Award, please explain how collaborating with your CDA partner organisation will benefit the research, as well as detailing the potential impact of the research on the partner and other audiences.
You are not expected to include full citations or a bibliography, although may do so if you wish provided the text does not exceed the word count. Please ensure however, that you contextualise your research plans with reference to the most pertinent literature.
It is important that you write in clear, precise English, and that you express your ideas in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. The Studentship Selection Panel members will not necessarily be experts in your particular field, so it is advisable to avoid or explain discipline-specific jargon or terminology.