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Research Proposal Template

Starting out on your dissertation or thesis proposal and not sure how to structure it, or how to craft a smooth-flowing document? Our free research proposal template will help you fast-track your writing and improve your chances of a speedy approval.

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What’s Included In The Proposal Template

Grad Coach’s free dissertation/thesis proposal template covers the core essential ingredients for a strong proposal. It includes clear explanations of what you need to address in each section, as well as straightforward examples and links to further resources.

The research proposal template covers the following core elements:

  • Title page
  • Introduction & background (including the research problem)
  • Literature review
  • Research design/methodology
  • Project plan, resource requirements and risk management
  • References
  • Appendix

The cleanly-formatted Word document is fully editable, so you can use it for your proposal, copy over the contents to a fresh document, or convert to LaTeX.

PS – you can also download our dissertation/thesis chapter templates here.

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How To Write A Research Proposal

The template provides step-by-step guidance for each section of your research proposal, but if you’d like to learn more about how to write up a high-quality research proposal for your dissertation or thesis, check out the rest of our free proposal-related resources:

If you’d prefer 1-on-1 support with your research proposal, have a look at our private coaching service, where we hold your hand through the research process, step by step.

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This post is part of our research writing mini-course, which covers everything you need to get started with your dissertation, thesis or research project.

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