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1 Justin M. Nolan Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology

2 Introduction  Begin with a broad, but focused statement about the present intellectual or theoretical orientation of your discipline  Cite key scholars whose work is considered foundational, pivotal, or path-breaking, and what these works collectively reveal, in concert.  Clearly convey how your work will extend a conceptual model, or advance existing knowledge of a problem, a topic, or a domain in a ways that’s creative and feasible.

3 Research Objectives  Enumerate the goals of your work.  Liaise these goals into a statement about significance-  What’s fundamentally, ineffably important about this work?  How will the work contribute to parallel lines of inquiry in your discipline?

4 Background and Rationale  Provide a synopsis of the discipline’s intellectual roots, citing seminal works  Demonstrate your grasp of the academic scope of your discipline  Identify, if possible, a gap in the literature that will be filled by work you propose  Describe how your work will address and propel conceptions of your discipline

5 Description of Study Region (if applicable)  Familiarize the reviewers with the region or group of people you intend to study.  Humanize your population with relevant background information, including historical, socio-cultural, demographic, and economic information if possible.  Provide a map of the study region (if applicable)

6 Plan of Work  Articulate a logical research design  Illustrate the procedures to be used  Present your work as a generative process, comprised of three-four “phases”  Demonstrate how each phase is designed to address a research goal, and describe how specific data-collection methods relate meaningfully to these goals.

7 Research Timeline Example PHASE I (May1-June 30, 2007): Preliminary Data Collection and Preparation: Prepare interview and survey materials; contact informants and conduct first interview phase; administer free-list task and ethnographic survey to informants; create databases on ANTHROPAC 4.95 and SPSS for interview results. Begin collecting plants as listed by informants. PHASE II (June 30-September 15, 2007): Continued Data Collection and Analysis: Complete plant collection and mounting for all listed species; conduct second interview phase; administer pile-sort task; completion of free-list and pile-sort analysis using ANTHROPAC’s corresponding programs. PHASE III (September 15-November 30, 2007): Final Data Analysis and Reporting: Complete rank-order analysis for all reported plant families; collect historical and archival data for commonly reported species; write dissertation.

8 Significance of Research  Summarize the reasons why your research is vital and ineluctable on multiple levels  Convey why your proposal, if funded, could (e.g.)  inform policy-makers with data, rendered meaningful to multiple audiences….  generate creative and effective solutions for real- world problems…  accelerate new exploratory avenues of inquiry within your academic field…  Provide evidence of potential for innovative, productive, interdisciplinary collaborations that link your work to other, related disciplines.

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