Can I use the same PhD accepted proposal in a different university?

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was enrolled into a PhD program in USA. I finished the courseworks, passed the comprehensive exam, submitted my proposal which was approved but because of some personal circumstances I had to exit the program. Now I am starting again somewhere in UK and I would like to work on the same topic and would like to use the same proposal, with a little bit of updating literature and ideas. However, the proposal was in Turnitin Database. Now would it be self plagiarized? This was neither published nor it did get any credit. They are all my original ideas and I am passionate about my topic. So back to the question, if I use the same proposal would it be called self-plagiarized?

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was enrolled into a PhD program in USA. I finished the courseworks, passed the comprehensive exam, submitted my proposal which was approved but because of some personal circumstances I had to exit the program. Now I am starting again somewhere in UK and I would like to work on the same topic and would like to use the same proposal, with a little bit of updating literature and ideas. However, the proposal was in Turnitin Database. Now would it be self plagiarized? This was neither published nor it did get any credit. They are all my original ideas and I am passionate about my topic. So back to the question, if I use the same proposal would it be called self-plagiarized?

If no one is continuing the subject in the original university, I see nothing against reusing it. As you can reuse your rejected proposal, no problem to use your accepted one if it is going no where anyway in the first university.

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I would broadly say yes. It is your proposal and your own work. It may be on Turnitin but you haven't published it and if you tell the university/supervisors it shouldn't be much of an issue. However, as eng77 says, if someone else at your old your university has started working on your old proposal it would be a bit awkward .

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How could someone use my proposal? Isn't this absurd? It was under the guidence of two supervisors? None should have an access except themselves and the admin who ran the proposal through Turnitin? Can I request my previous university to exclude the proposal?

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And thank you for your suggestion.

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Thank you. Do you think it would be a good idea to write to them and exclude the proposal from their database?

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Thank you. Do you think it would be a good idea to write to them and exclude the proposal from their database?

I would say it would be an overreaction. Just go forward and reuse it. The chance that it used in the old university is not particularly high.

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