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Doctoral Candidate Application Guidelines

Applications that do not follow the guidelines for each competition will be returned without consideration. Download the Doctoral Candidate Application

  • Completed applications for the Doctoral Competition are due March 17, 2014. The committee will review applications by April 4, 2014 with decision notifications to be sent shortly thereafter.
  • All projects will have a start date of May 1, 2014.
  • The requested duration for a project is typically 12 months, and may not exceed 18 months.
  • Each request should not exceed $5,000. (Support for a research project in its entirety may not be possible because of limited financial resources.)
  • All applications must be typed. Six copies of the entire application must be submitted by the appropriate deadline to the office of Daphnie Pierre, Research Administrator, Room 215; 617-353-2708.

The application consists of the following required information:

  • Application Cover Page Form
  • Project Approval Form
  • Project Proposal

The Project Proposal may not exceed 10 double-spaced typed pages (12-point font is preferred; 10-point is the smallest allowable font size). The 10-page limit includes Figures and Tables, and Appendices (sections A-D), but excludes literature cited (section E). The following is provided as a format for the information that should be included in the proposal:

  • Summary: a summary of proposed research in lay terms (not to exceed 200 words).
  • Specific aims: List the long-term objectives and what the specific research in this application is intended to accomplish, e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, or develop new technology (not to exceed 1 page).
  • Background and Significance: Briefly develop the background leading to the present application, critically evaluating existing knowledge in the literature, and specifically identify the gaps that the project is intended to fill. State concisely the importance and health relevance of the research described by relating the specific aims to the broad, long-term objectives (not to exceed 2 to 3 pages).
  • Research design and methods: Describe the research design and the procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of this project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed and interpreted. Describe any new methodology and its advantage over existing methodologies. Discuss the potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures to achieve the aims. As part of this section, provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the project.
  • Literature cited: Include a reference list of all literature cited in the application (not counted toward 10 page limit).
  • Itemized budget, including line item justification for each request: Funding requests are restricted to direct costs only and may include equipment, supplies, subjects, data collection, personnel (with the exception of salary support for the applicant), and research-related travel (e.g., for data collection, conference presentations, etc.). No indirect costs are allowable. A detailed narrative budget justification for each item requested should be included.
  • Institutional Review Board approval: Proposed projects must be reviewed and approved by either the Sargent College Board or the BU IRB before funding will be made available.