Contacting potential supervisors for PhD and whether I need a detailed proposalWatch
I am often a bit unsure about whether we need a detailed, written proposal at hand when we are in the earliest stages of contacting supervisors. I have heard people say that a detailed research proposal is quite necessary at the early stages of the application (in case the potential supervisors ask for it, providing that they are interested in the topic), while some say that it may be better to contact the supervisors first to see if they are interested, then develop the proposal into more detail while discussing our ideas with them. I suspect that different supervisors and different departments work differently, but I would really love to hear how every approach their supervisors. Could anyone share me with your experiences or opinions--many thanks!!
I've never heard of anyone wanting a reserch proposal of more than 1,000 words tops. They get masses of these emails, and like a formal application (which has an 800 word limit usually iirc) you can tell the quality of thinking/research and the credibility of the application in that span. if it's your masters Supervisor, he can fill in all the blanks anyway.