Research proposal

The research proposal plays a major role when planning your research and doctoral thesis project. It is a thematically, theoretically and methodologically concise description of your doctoral thesis project and should not exceed 4,000 words (excl. literature). A research proposal has to include the following information:

  • Description of the content of the intended doctoral project including clear research questions
  • Overview of the state of research
  • Presentation of the theoretical framework and planned methods
  • Relevant literature
  • Research ethics: Please state whether there are ethical considerations to be taken into account at any stage during your research project and specify what the considerations are (e.g. studies on human subjects, studies on vulnerable groups). If not, please explain. Please specify how you plan to address these ethical issues. Include your statement on research ethics in the research proposal before the literature references.
  • Time and work schedule, possibly financial budget and overview of resources


Guidelines for writing a research proposal for the public presentation at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Introduction Course

The Directorate of Doctoral Studies offers the introduction course “From Research Idea to a Successful Public Presentation”. The course is dedicated to the preparation of a research proposal and its public presentation to the Faculty.

ViDSS activities: Peer mentoring for the FÖP

The ViDSS offers a mentoring programme aimed at supporting doctoral candidates in writing their research proposals and preparing for the public presentation at the Faculty.