Sample doctoral dissertation proposals

Overall, this is an excellent start to a compelling essay. Keep in mind that although the committee allows you to write up to five pages, three double-spaced pages is usually adequate. Feel free to add more detail, but make sure your text is concise and transparent. You might consider "writing" ideas and then "rewriting" them. Too often, authors put ideas onto the page, but do not render those ideas compellingly. Giving your sentences a bit of extra effort, and giving your experiences a bit of extra reflection, will result in a persuasive essay that compliments your accomplishments and character.

Many doctoral students in anthropology may not have access to models of what a fundable dissertation proposal looks like. This page provides examples of successful proposals, with an emphasis on grants for dissertation research. The impetus for making these proposal available was my seminar in research design. But I'd like the list to grow and to become a resource for students in anthropology everywhere. If you or your students are willing to share funded proposals -- to NSF, Wenner-Gren, SSRC, Fulbright, or other agencies -- please consider sending them to me, and I will make them available here. Contributions from all subfields of anthropology are welcome.
NSF Dissertation Improvement Grants Cultural Anthropology Program

Sample doctoral dissertation proposals

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