Research proposals are reviewed and approved by a member of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

The review process generally takes about three to four weeks. Your proposal may be approved without changes, or the reviewer may provide written feedback on revisions required before approval is granted.

You will be notified by email when your proposal has been approved. Your co-ordinating supervisor and head of school will also be informed.

A reviewer could comment on:

  • budget and funding
  • ethics and safety
  • conflicts of interest
  • suitability of proposed supervisors
  • appropriate use of references
  • acceptability as a piece of academic writing
  • scope, structure and originality
  • perceivable shortcomings in data analysis skills
  • problems with research design.

The specific details the board reviewers are asked to address are available here.

research proposal review flow chart

Review Process