i've got myself a bit confused over this one. I'm filling out my appliction and i'vr already had to write lengthly sections on a) previous research experience b) a personal statement and they also want c) research proposal which states "If you are applying for a scholarship, please give information in the context of the project details provided. (It is not necessary to have a fully formulated proposal at this stage). Give a brief synopsis (c.500 words) of your personal research project and interest. The main thrust of this section should be the research problems or questions you intend to address." I'm confused as this is a scholarship with all the project details already laid out, so do they want me to regurgitate this data? Are they just looking for my own interpretation of the project? Not sure how to to tackle this. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks
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- 17-01-2017 19:38
- 22-01-2017 12:53
Sounds like we're both applying to a PhD at the same university! Also struggling a bit with this part.
- 24-01-2017 11:56
I understand your frustration. Last year I applied for a PhD where some of the application questions were very similar and it was difficult to give different answers without regurgitation.
The research proposal tends to be much more purely academically-focused than the personal statement, but it seems like you can still be somewhat personal and specific here. You could probably say how you personally conceive of the project - some repetition here from the project details probably won't matter as it will show you have thought about the project's details in relation to your own take on it. Even if the details are established, you might have a personal perspective that you feel would add to the project academically. For example, do you have any experience or methodological approaches that would complement and further the research aims?
Additionally, the main thrust of the question seems to be that you need to set out the questions your research is going to answer. Again, this may have already been laid out, but it may be worth zooming out and looking at the project in the context of the wider field of study. Think about the gaps in the knowledge you want to answer (especially considering these problems in light of who they are going to benefit if you answer them and considering WHY you are doing the project e.g. what is the purpose of all this research).
I hope that helps - sorry if it didn't!Last edited by MinimaMoralia; 24-01-2017 at 12:09.
- 24-01-2017 11:59
This could well be the reason - a generic PhD application form which applies to student-led projects being used for this already detailed scholarship. I would seek the supervisor's advice. It may be that you can write new things to show how you understand the project without copying what's already proposed.