The Guidelines for Preparing Research Proposals are available in HTML, PDF and RTF formats.
Provide a plan of your research training from enrolment to thesis submission. This is a separate plan to your research project plan.
The research training plan should include the dates for submission of Research Proposal paperwork, Annual Report paperwork, Confirmation of Candidature paperwork (PhD students only), ACE completion date, planned coursework enrolments (if appropriate) and planned annual leave periods.
The plan should also include any proposed research training activities such as attendance at research skills, academic writing or grant writing workshops, or courses planned to develop transferable skills such as career development, project management, commercialization, leadership, communication or public policy training.
A Gantt chart or timeline is the recommended format for this plan. Gantt chart proformas are available in Excel.
In conjunction with supervisors and the school, and using the research project and research training plans, list the designated tasks for Confirmation of Candidature in the table provided on the back of the Research Proposal coversheet. These designated tasks will be used to assess progress in the first year of candidature.
Many schools have general Confirmation of Candidature requirements.
Your ongoing candidature will be confirmed if the agreed designated tasks and agreed milestones are completed and verified by the school, and approved by the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office, and all other aspects of candidature are satisfactory.
Common tasks for confirmation of candidature include:
Make sure you understand the sequence of administrative tasks required by the Graduate esearch and Scholarships Office and your school or Faculty, and chart them in your andidature tasks list. The GRSO milestones have deadlines, such as:
You can find the due dates for your degree milestones via StudentConnect. This includes due and achieved dates for items such as annual reports, research proposals, and travel award reports. See How to Check milestones via StudentConnect
The UWA Policy on Graduate Research Training states that students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week (or equivalent if the candidature is part time) to research higher degree studies.
If normal working hours are planned to be less than 30 hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm you need to indicate what they will be.