Advice on research proposal

posted
20-Mar-19, 17:48
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posted about 1 year ago
Hi,
As am trying to apply for a PhD, got to know one need a research proposal ready.
My question is that the research proposal I have, doesnt match with all kinds of projects that am applying for!!
So for every other project should I change the proposal??
If I send the same proposal the supervisor might think that my interest is on some other topic and not his and reject the application!!
Like my proposal is related to material science, but I infact am applying for manufacturing and design projects as well. My masters degree is Computer aided design and manufacturing. Any of the topics will be a weightage for me considering my CV!
Please suugest!!!
posted
21-Mar-19, 07:20
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posted about 1 year ago
I would just send the proposal you have developed on your own, rather than tailoring your proposal to meet the stated interests. They want to review your work and get a feel for where you are at as a candidate. Also, the potential supervisor might be looking for new ideas. You just don't know. In short - be yourself and submit the same thing to everyone. If you want to add a couple references from the potential supervisor, then do that (providing it makes sense conceptually).
posted
21-Mar-19, 16:27
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posted about 1 year ago
Oh thanks, That is very informative and makes sense!!
I am trying to apply from "FindaPhd.com" website. They ask for transcripts, CV,reference letters and IELTS score to attach along with the application. They are'nt asking for Research proposal in the required documents. So, should I still include at this stage of application my research proposal also and send?? Or once I receive a reply, we need to send?? I don't have much idea!!
posted
23-Mar-19, 12:53
edited about 1 second later
by rewt
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posted about 1 year ago
What sort of PhDs are you applying for? Usually the research project title is written by the person who gets the money. If you are finding the money yourself you can write your own research proposal but that route is very competitive. If it is a fully funded PhD you will be expected to do the project they got funding for. You will have discretion on how to achieve that project but you can't submit a random proposal.
posted
23-Mar-19, 18:33
edited about 13 seconds later
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posted about 1 year ago
Thank you for the information!!Ya, I am applying for fully funded projects, as I am a non-EU student.My background is Mechanical Engineering. Funding myselves is not possible for me! That is the reason I am worried!! Number of funded PhDs for non EUs are less and on top of that lots of competition!!
Discretion will be the next stage I believe, but am not sure. Once they shortlist us, then we might need to make this based on the project they are funding for!! Am I correct??
Also, I am working for a research project currently for a UK based company!! If I can get some kind of recommendation letter, will I have better opportunities in getting an admission?? Like a sort of weightage!!
posted
24-Mar-19, 19:23
edited about 45 seconds later
by rewt
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posted about 1 year ago
They might ask for the research proposal after you get shortlisted or they might ask for a short (5-10) presentation as part of the interview. I got asked fro both but it can differ but you definitely need to have some opinions on topic. In my interview they talked about the project and I knew the basic literature and methods. Even if you don't get asked for proposal, I would do a basic one to prepare yourself for the interview.

If they ask for references you can definitely use the company. Good luck with the applications

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