These sample proposals should be considered as resources or models rather than as templates.
Note that the samples may not conform to the current 2500-word limit.
The author's aim is to persuade this audience that the project will make an original and valuable contribution to some already on-going discussion or problem in one or more fields, or that it will break entirely new ground and even revise the existing structure of disciplinary fields.
The dissertation proposal is thus a persuasive rhetorical form, one that seeks to gain readers' assent to the proposition that the proposed study is well-founded and will advance inquiry or discussion in some important way.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
The requirements for writing a dissertation proposal vary from one Ph D or doctoral program to another, so you will need to start by checking with your department to find out about their specific rules.
Work with your advisor to pick a suitable topic, and then write a well-organized proposal based on your preliminary research.
Thus the "review of the literature" and the "contribution to the field" are both parts of a single effort: to make and support the claim that the proposed project is worthwhile because it grows out of and then extends or revises work currently under way in the arts and humanities and related disciplines.
A dissertation supports its claim to originality by positioning its argument both The following dissertation proposals have been selected and annotated by members of the Graduate Studies Committee to suggest the various ways in which a successful proposal can be formulated.