How to apply for admissions & scholarships to study in Australia: Undergraduate & Postgraduate coursework applicant guide

How to apply for undergraduate, and postgraduate coursework programs and secure a scholarship to study in Australia Applying for undergraduate or postgraduate programs and scholarships to study in Australia is a much easier process than applying for research degree programs and scholarships . Research degree scholarships and admissions entry requirements are more complex and very competitive. The application process for an undergraduate or postgraduate work degree program is not that complex as these are not both research degrees.  In general, the whole application process can be done online (you can equally download the forms) or via approved University agents in your home country. This is however limited by geographic location. Some countries can only apply via agents. This information is all found on the University websites, including the registered or approved agents.  Generally, to apply for both admissions and scholarships, you wil

How To Write A Captivating Research Proposal

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How to Write Captivating  Research Proposal (Complete Guide)

This post answers common questions we received on :
  • How to write captivating Research Degree Research Proposals for admissions and scholarship applications to study in Australia/abroad? (Masters/PhD research proposals for scholarship and admission)
Applying as a research student to study at an University is one thing, getting admitted is another thing. One of the many areas where most documents have a shortcoming during this process resulting in a failure in lack of a good but capturing research proposal. Other areas include meeting the eligibility criteria, appropriate method to contact potential supervisors, knowing exactly what you want and how to go about it. Among all these components for a successful application in a given program, the most important is having a  strong fundamental skill to draft a captivating research proposal related to your area of study or interest. ( There is a bonus tip at the end of a post: research proposal example for students, free research proposal samples pdf download etc..)

When applying to study in Australia like in many other parts of the world, a Research Proposal is a principal document that attracts a potential supervisor. What is a Research Proposal actually? A research proposal is a document just like the name implies, that proposes a research project, generally in the sciences or academia. It generally constitutes a request for sponsorship of that research. The reason you are proposing this research to a potential supervisor is generally that you intend to get a sponsorship which can be through acceptance, to recommend you for admission into that program or a scholarship. To write a comprehensive and well captivating research proposal when applying for your admissions or scholarship program, the following components must be considered first:

  1. How are research proposals evaluated?
  2. What is the purpose of a research proposal? what is the purpose of your research?
  3. What are the fundamental skills required to write a good research proposal?
  4. What are the main components of a good research proposal?

#1. How are Research Proposals evaluated ?

You should keep in mind that Research Proposals are evaluated generally on the cost and potential impact of the proposed research, and on the soundness of the proposed plan for carrying out that research. A research proposal therefore must be comprehensive and careful planned. It is not a day or a week's work. In your research proposal, you are  expected :
  • To identify a specific research area in a given discipline and establish why it is significant and worth exploring
  •  To identify an existing or newly identified gap in knowledge that can be developed into a significant research problem
  • To  develop a comprehensive research project as a way of approaching the research problem.
  • To show that your proposed research project  can be completed within the given candidature period

#2. What is the purpose of a research proposal?

The main purpose  of a research proposal is;
  • To propose a research project that will lead to a significant contribution to knowledge. Your proposed research should be adding value to science, it should be producing new knowledge. It shouldn't be a work that has already been done
  • To construct a detailed plan of the project including methodological/analytical approach and a theoretical framework.
  • To make sure  that the proposed research is achievable within the required time and with the available resources.
  • To showcase that you have adequate expertise and experience to undertake the given project you intend to carry out.
So the question you should be asking yourself right now is :
What is the purpose of your research? ie 
- What is the goal or what do you aim to achieve? And through which method or methods? Do you have the expertise or skills to carry on this research? And do you think that you can achieve it within the given time frame for your candidature?

#3. What are the fundamental skills required to write a good research proposal?

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-How skillful are you? What do you know about your area of study or interest?
This brings us to the question of what are the required skills to enable you write up a good research proposal. These skills are what your readers are looking for in your work. It is through these skills that you have to demonstrate your expertise in your area of interest/study. The list of these skills is unlimited but the most fundamentals are briefly  listed below:
  • Research skills and broad knowledge of the area of interest or study
  • Methodological skills 
  • Analytic skills
  • Communication skills
  • Project management
  • Additional skill
Refer to Essential skills required for a good research proposal  for elaborated details on each of the above-listed skills

#4. What are the main components of a good research proposal?

As I mentioned in the previous post, the required content and structure/components of a research proposal vary from one field of study to another. In some cases, some universities provide a template (an expression of interest template ) to situate your research proposal. In general, however, a good research proposal consists of the following components:
  1. Title
  2. project summary
  3. Background to the topic, significance, objectives and research problem(question)
  4. Review of literature/Previous works
  5. Description of the research method
  6. Expected outcomes/impact
  7. Project management (Timeline, Other concerns)
  8. References
Refer to Components of a good research proposal for elaborated details on each of the above listed  components.
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Tips and Research Proposal samples: 

If you are having problems with writing a research proposal and need any form of assistance, I have two recommendations for you. Before I start, you should know that Research Proposals count the most and it's the key to your scholarship grant success. Writing one is easy when you get the right resources by your side.

Tip 1. Essential
 If you are a beginner and really interested in building your research skills and advancing yourself in this area of academic writing, then I suggest you get best-selling books in the market on how to write research proposals. I will recommend you try a few searches on google 
Thousands of best selling academic books on research proposals, and scholarship applications are available these days in online shopping centres like Amazon. 
You can equally look into online courses. They are many top online platforms these days with amazing materials on academic writing, especially research proposals for postgraduate research applications. The University of Oslo for example has an amazing online course on "How to Write a PhD Research Proposal", which you might want to check out. At the time of writing this post, the course is free with a certificate for a premium upgrade. The online course aims to provide students learn how to develop a successful PhD proposal and to understand and harness the key elements of a succinct research plan while preparing your postgraduate research proposal for applications. Topics covered during the online course include:
  • Defining the research idea and writing a research statement with objectives and sub-questions
  • Identifying and writing a literature summary and review
  • Empirical, conceptual, or theoretical foundations of a research study
  • Research ethics, fraud, and plagiarism in research
  • Research design and methodological approaches
  • Data collection strategies, sampling, instruments, and biases
  • Fieldwork and contingency planning etc...
You can get full details on the course from The Future Learn platform. You can visit the link here to access the course and other details.
*Ready to start writing? Refer to guide " Research Proposal Guide for Successful Admission/Scholarship applications". The guide includes a list of Australian Universities Research proposal guidelines and tips for admissions and scholarships, research proposal examples for students etc...

Tip 2.  Optional
 You are already a pro in the whole scholarly writing world but then too busy to come up with some projects? and proposals? then I say, don't worry anymore! With the world being a global village today, you can get access to  Professional Writers in any part of the world to assist you with your writing problems and very busy schedules. Most of these Professional Academic Writers in different fields of study are recruited from academic writing service companies.

There are many professional writing service companies these days that assist students (high-school, college or university) with any form of academic writing service. They assist with a variety of academic services ranging from homework, essay papers, resume building, thesis, research proposals descriptive essays, personal narrative essays, etc.. at a given discount price. They are many professional writers in the market, I will recommend any of the following writing service companies below as they are cheap and more reliable .These companies are among the top academic writing service companies 2022. Payments here are cheap and range from $11 and above depending on your demand and above there is a means to have a direct chat with any professional writer/expert of your choice

Now that you know how to write a captivating research proposal, next step is to learn about how to apply for Research Degree Masters/PhD program admissions and scholarships, and how to email potential supervisors when asking for studentship positions(Cold Emails). Before lodging your application make sure you are not new to Masters/PhD Research Degree admissions and scholarship requirements. Knowing some of this information is a step forward in securing a scholarship position abroad. Also, take a look at this guide about how to make your applications successful. Find below samples of Research proposals from different institutes around the world including Australia

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