Disaster Victim Identification And Human Rights
Research proposal guidelines
Provide a working title for your research that includes keywords and communicates simply what your research is about.
Proposed model of research
Describe your proposed mode of research. This is likely to be closely linked to your discipline and is where you will describe the style or format of your research; for example, data, field research, composition,
written work, social performance and mixed media etc. Please do underline that I (being a multilingual person) will explore relevant literature in Serbian, Russian and German language if available. Also, that my research will explore the same issue based on case studies form ex Yugoslavian war.
Overall aims and objectives
What are you trying to achieve with your research? What is the purpose? As discussed earlier, this comes back to the original reason why you’re applying for a research degree. Are you addressing a gap in the current
research? Do you want to look at a theory more closely and test it out? Is there something you’re trying to prove or disprove? To help you clarify this, think about the potential outcome of your research if you
were successful – that is your aim. Make sure that this is a clearly focused statement.
Your objectives will be your aim broken down – the steps to achieving the intended outcome. They are the smaller proof points that will underpin your research’s purpose. Be logical in the order of how you
present these so that each succeeds the previous – ie, if you need to achieve ‘a’ before ‘b’ before ‘c’, then make sure you order your objectives a, b, c.
The synopsis is a brief but clear summary of what your research is about and outlines the key aspects of what you will investigate as well as the expected outcomes. It briefly covers the what, why and how of your research.A good way to evaluate if you have written a strong synopsis is to get somebody to read it without reading the rest of your research proposal. Would they know what your research is about?
Now that you have your question clarified, it is time to explain the why. Why are you choosing to research problem ‘x’ or issue ‘y’? Here you need to demonstrate an understanding of the current research climate foryour area of interest being the DVI and human rights.
Providing context for your research topic through a literature review shows the assessor that you understand what is currently being discussed about your topic and what has already been published. Demonstrate
you have a strong understanding of the key topics, important studies, notable researchers etc in your area of research and how these have contributed to the current landscape.
Expected research contribution
Why is your research question or hypothesis worth asking? How is the current research lacking or falling short? What impact will your research have on the discipline? Will you be extending an area of knowledge,
applying it to new contexts, solving a problem, testing a theory, or challenging an existing one? Establish why your research is important by convincing your audience there is a gap.
Your research proposal is your own statement of originality. What will be the outcome of your research contribution? Your research proposal should demonstrate both your current level of knowledge and how the pursuit
of your question or hypothesis will create a new understanding and generate new information. Show how your research is innovative and original.
Be sure to draw links between your research and the faculty/school you’re applying to. Why have you chosen your supervisor to guide you with your thesis? What research have they or their school done to
reinforce and support your own work? Cite these reasons to demonstrate how your research will benefit and contribute to the current body of knowledge.
Provide an overview of the methodology and techniques you will use to conduct your research. Which materials and equipment you will use? Which theoretical frameworks will you draw on? Which method will
you use to collect data?
Highlight why you have chosen this particular methodology, detailing its own merits, but also why others may not have been as suitable. You need to demonstrate that you have put thought into your approach
and why it’s the most appropriate way to carry out your research. It should also highlight potential limitations you anticipate facing, feasibility within time and other constraints, ethical considerations and how you
will address these, and general resources etc.
As for any academic piece of writing, provide a list of references that you’ve made throughout your research proposal.