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Justin M. Nolan Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology
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.
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?
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
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)
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.
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.
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.