Fast-Track Your Research Proposal

Get hands-on help with your research proposal, whenever you need it. It’s like having a professor in your pocket.

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How we help you 

Wherever you are in the research proposal process, we’ll move you forward.

Research proposal topic refinement

Finding & refining your topic

If you’re still trying to identify a topic, our Topic Kickstarter service will help fast-track your ideation process. Alternatively, if you already have a topic idea (or multiple) we can help you refine and/or decide between options.

Structuring and planning a research proposal

Structuring & writing

If you’ve pinned your topic down but are struggling to translate this into a convincing research proposal, one of our friendly Grad Coaches will help you map out a clear structure and get the writing process started.

Reviewing a research proposal

Reviewing & polishing

If you’ve already written the first draft of your proposal, our Content Review service will help you identify and resolve key issues within your document before you submit it, so that you can put your best foot forward.

Why Grad Coach?

Dissertation coaching is custom-tailored to your needs

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We take the time to understand your unique challenges and work with you to achieve your specific academic goals. Whether you're aiming to earn top marks or just need to cross the finish line, we're here to help.

Our dissertation coaches have insider experience as dissertation and thesis supervisors

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Our award-winning Dissertation Coaches all hold doctoral-level degrees and share 100+ years of combined academic experience. Having worked on "the inside", we know exactly what markers want.

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Any time, anywhere

Getting help from your dedicated Dissertation Coach is simple. Book a live video/voice call, chat via email or send your document to us for an in-depth review and critique. We're here when you need us. 

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Over 10 million students have enjoyed our online lessons and courses, while 3000+ students have benefited from 1:1 Private Coaching. The plethora of glowing reviews reflects our commitment.

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Have a question?

Below we’ve listed some of the most popular proposal-related questions we receive, but you’re also welcome to get in touch if you have any other questions.

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Can you write (or rewrite) my research proposal for me?

No. All writing must be your own – it’s your research proposal, after all.

We can hold your hand throughout the proposal development process (as well as the full research process), but we cannot write for you as that would constitute academic misconduct. We’re here to help you develop the best research proposal – but it needs to be your own.

Can you help me find relevant literature for my research proposal?

Yes. If you utilise our Topic Kickstarter service, this will by default include various resources that you can use as a theoretical base. Alternatively, if you have already defined a topic, you could consider using our Literature Kickstarter service to help build a solid base of credible literature.

Can you help me organise and structure my research proposal?

Yes, we can assist in structuring your research proposal to ensure that you have a clear, logical structure and flow that delivers a convincing argument as to why your study should be undertaken.

Can you review my work and give me feedback?

Absolutely. Our Content Review service is designed exactly for this purpose and is one of the most popular services here at Grad Coach. In a Content Review, we carefully read through your research proposal draft and provide detailed comments regarding the key issues/problem areas, why they’re problematic and what you can do to resolve the issues. You can learn more about Content Review here.

How long will it take to complete my proposal if I work with you?

There are multiple factors that can impact the timeline, including:

  • The complexity of your proposed study
  • How much of your proposal you’ve already completed
  • How much time you can dedicate to working on your proposal under our guidance
  • Turnaround times for feedback from your institution

The best starting point would be to book a free initial consultation, where we’ll assess your situation and advise on the timelines.

Do you offer editing and proofreading services?

Yes, we do provide language editing and proofreading services to ensure your research proposal is well-written, clear, and free from errors.

Please note that language editing and proofreading is something that should only be done once you have finished writing your proposal and is not the same as a content review


Can you help me with other aspects of my research project?

Yes. Proposal support is only one aspect of our offering at Grad Coach, and we typically assist students throughout their entire dissertation/thesis/research project. You can learn more about our full service offering here.

Can I get a coach that specialises in my topic area?

It’s important to clarify that our expertise lies in the research process itself, rather than specific research areas/topics (e.g., psychology, management, etc.).

In other words, the support we provide is topic-agnostic, which allows us to support students across a very broad range of research topics. That said, if there is a coach on our team who has experience in your area of research, as well as your chosen methodology, we can allocate them to your project (dependent on their availability, of course).

If you’re unsure about whether we’re the right fit, feel free to drop us an email or book a free initial consultation.

Can you help me find funding for my research project?

Unfortunately, this is not something we can assist with. Our focus is on the proposal development process, as well as the overall research process.

What qualifications do your coaches have?

All of our coaches hold a doctoral-level degree (for example, a PhD, DBA, etc.). Moreover, they all have experience working within academia, in many cases as dissertation/thesis supervisors. In other words, they understand what markers are looking for when reviewing a student’s work.

Can you help me with citations and referencing in my research proposal?

Yes, we can assist you in ensuring that the proper citation and referencing formatting is used throughout your research proposal, but please note that this is part of our language editing and proofreading service.

Is my proposal/topic kept confidential?

Yes, we prioritise confidentiality and data security. Your written work and personal information are treated as strictly confidential. We can also sign a non-disclosure agreement, should you wish.

I still have questions…

No problem. Feel free to email us or book an initial consultation to discuss.

What our clients say

We've worked 1:1 with 3000+ students. Here's what some of them have to say:

David's depth of knowledge in research methodology was truly impressive. He demonstrated a profound understanding of the nuances and complexities of my research area, offering insights that I hadn't even considered. His ability to synthesize information, identify key research gaps, and suggest research topics was truly inspiring. I felt like I had a true expert by my side, guiding me through the complexities of the proposal.

Cyntia Sacani (US)

I had been struggling with the first 3 chapters of my dissertation for over a year. I finally decided to give GradCoach a try and it made a huge difference. Alexandra provided helpful suggestions along with edits that transformed my paper. My advisor was very impressed.

Tracy Shelton (US)

Working with Kerryn has been brilliant. She has guided me through that pesky academic language that makes us all scratch our heads. I can't recommend Grad Coach highly enough; they are very professional, humble, and fun to work with. If like me, you know your subject matter but you're getting lost in the academic language, look no further, give them a go.

Tony Fogarty (UK)

So helpful! Amy assisted me with an outline for my literature review and with organizing the results for my MBA applied research project. Having a road map helped enormously and saved a lot of time. Definitely worth it.

Jennifer Hagedorn (Canada)

Everything about my experience was great, from Dr. Shaeffer’s expertise, to her patience and flexibility. I reached out to GradCoach after receiving a 78 on a midterm paper. Not only did I get a 100 on my final paper in the same class, but I haven’t received a mark less than A+ since. I recommend GradCoach for everyone who needs help with academic research.

Antonia Singleton (Qatar)

I started using Grad Coach for my dissertation and I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them, I would have really struggled. I would strongly recommend them – worth every penny!

Richard Egenreider (South Africa)

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