Crafting a Quality Proposal

ETS Proposal Best Practices

In general, proposals that

  • are well suited for the unit to which they are submitted
  • provide a focused overview of the argumentation, including a clear thesis statement and the main point(s) of the paper
  • clearly show connections to the field’s literature
  • highlight the contribution the paper seeks to make to the field
  • have clear, concise, professional titles that avoid jargon and sensationalism
  • contain all the required elements (such as recommendations for student papers)

are most likely to receive favorable review for inclusion in the program. We would also recommend that you have several colleagues read and critique the proposal before submission.