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Guidelines for Writing Graduate Study Research Proposals

This document is designed to provide guidelines for writing graduate studies research proposals, which are submitted to the department. The document’s purpose is to guide the supervisors and the students, not to restrict them. Most of its content is not “carved in stone” and one may deviate from it, where there is a clear reason to do so.

The document is written in the male gender, but it applies both to women and to men.

 A Research Proposal for the Master’s degree

Scope: ~2 pages.

Structure: The research proposal shall include the title of the research in Hebrew and English, the name of the student and his student number, the names of all supervisors and consultants with specification of their roles (main supervisor, co-supervisor*, consultant), a brief background on the topic of the study, reference to existing studies on the topic in literature (with a small number of important references), the goal of the study and an emphasis on the novelty of the study, as well as specification of the research methods.

The following forms should be attached to the research proposal:

  1.  Resources and Safety Form**
  2.  Research proposal towards M.Sc. form (filled and signed by both student and supervisor)

All of the above should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office. Following approval by the faculty’s graduate studies committee, it will be forwarded to the Graduate School.

A research proposal submitted with a request for acceptance to Ph.D. studies (in the regular research track).

Scope: short (one or two pages).

Structure: The research proposal shall include the expected title of the research, the name of the student and his student number, the names of all the supervisors and consultants with specification of their roles (main supervisor, co-supervisor*, consultant), and a short and general description of the research’s subject and purpose.

Research proposal submitted with a request for transition to Ph.D. studies in a direct track

Scope: As long as is required to include all the details listed hereunder (a typical proposal contains 5-10 pages).

Structure: The research proposal shall begin with the title of the research in Hebrew and English, the name of the student and his student number, the names of all the supervisors and consultants with specification of their roles (main supervisor, co-supervisor*, consultant), and it should be divided into two main parts: (1) A brief summary of the work towards a Master’s degree carried out so far. If a paper was written on the research, it can be attached in lieu of part of the brief summary. (2) The research program towards a Ph.D. degree, with an emphasis on the unique nature of the study and an adaptation of it to the Ph.D. framework. The proposed research methods in the expanded research are to be specified. The second part should also include a compelling justification for the transition to the Ph.D. program (typically the transition is appropriate in terms of the subject, if there was significant progress in the research in a relatively short time, and the subject has potential for expansion to a doctorate).

Research proposal towards the Ph.D. candidacy examination
(“a brief description”)

Scope: ~25 pages (this number is taken from Technion’s regulations).

Structure: The research proposal shall begin with the title of the research in Hebrew and in English, the name of the student and his student number, and the names of all the supervisors and consultants with specifications of their roles (main supervisor, co-supervisor, consultant). It will include an abstract, a review of the research background (including a literature review), the goals of the research and an emphasis on the unique nature of the study, specification of the research methods and initial results that can be limited. In case of transition from a Master’s degree via a direct track, the description shall include (instead of the section “preliminary results”) a summary of the research study conducted up to that point.

The following forms should be attached to the research proposal:

  1.  Resources and Safety Form**
  2.  Research proposal towards Ph.D. form (filled and signed by both student and supervisor)

All of the above should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office. Following approval by the faculty’s graduate studies committee, it will be forwarded to the Graduate School.


* In the event that the appointment of a co-supervisor or a consultant is suggested, please specify the field of expertise of each supervisor/consultant, and how this field is related to the research subject and completes the main supervisor’s field of expertise. In addition, if the co-supervisor/consultant does not have a Technion appointment, their CV should be submitted along with the research proposal.

** The department’s Resources Form and other forms can be found on the page forms.
Cases requiring specification of the use of resources include, for example, performing experiments in one of the department laboratories in coordination with the head of the laboratory, availability of financing required to conduct research that requires significant funds, and in case of performing experiments outside the department – an explanation about the source of financing and the extent of involvement of the external factor in the research.

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