Guidelines for Submitting a PhD Research Proposal

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Submit three printed copies and one digital pdf file format.

The proposal should include:

  1. Cover page, including the title of the research project (in English and Hebrew*), name of the department, names of the student and the research advisor(s)
  2. Table of Contents, including chapters titles and page numbers
  3. Abstract, briefly describing the proposal (including background, purpose, hypotheses and methods), maximum 250 words in Hebrew* and English
  4. Introduction, including a general explanation of the subject and its importance
  5. Background, including a theoretical background and/or scientific literature background. This chapter may also be placed after “Purpose of the Research”.
  6. Purpose of the Research, including a clear description of the purpose
  7. Research Questions and/or Research Hypotheses: precise specification of the research questions which will be answered at the conclusion of the research (may also be entitled Hypotheses)
  8. Research Methods: An explanation of methods which will be used, and how findings will be processed and analyzed. State in detail the principle according to which the research questions and hypotheses will be translated into operative terminology. Specify the method of data processing and/or accompanying statistics (if relevant). In social studies, specify the method of sampling.
  9. Importance of the Research: At the end of the proposal add a section about the importance of the research, its contribution and its innovation compared to what has already been done in this field.
  10. Bibliography: Provide precise, systematic and up-to-date notation of all the sources referred to in the research proposal, according to what is commonly accepted in the particular research field under discussion.
    Note: In certain fields, appendices are required, such as copies of questionnaires/scales or other materials used for clarification that will be used in the research, as well as initial results received.
  •  The research proposal should be written in appropriate language and style.
  • The research proposal should not exceed 20 pages (not including the cover page, table of contents, synopsis, bibliography and appendices).
  • The research should be empirical or theoretical in nature, or a combination of both.
  • The research program may be submitted in Hebrew* or in English.
  • If the subject of the research requires the approval of the Ethics Committee, it should be obtained prior to submitting the research proposal for the consideration of the PhD Committee. This approval shall be attached to the proposal.

  • If the subject of the research requires the approval of the Ethics Committee, it should be obtained prior to submitting the research proposal for the consideration of the PhD Committee. This approval shall be attached to the proposal.
  • Attach the “Research Proposal in the Framework of PhD Studies” form, signed by the student, advisor(s) and the Head of the Department, who will forward all copies to the PhD Reviewing Committee.
  • The research proposal must be submitted within 12 months from the beginning of the doctoral studies, according the rules and regulations governing PhD studies.
  • Proposals that do not conform to these rules will be returned to the student for correction and resubmission.

*Foreign students are not required to submit their proposals in Hebrew.