He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
The exact format and requirements for a research proposal can vary slightly depending on the type of research being proposed and the specific demands of the institution you plan to submit your proposal to, but there are a few basics that are almost always needed.
The literature review serves several important functions: Your scholarship and research competence will be questioned if any of the above applies to your proposal.
There are different ways to organize your literature review.
An ill-conceived proposal dooms the project even if it somehow gets through the Thesis Supervisory Committee.
A high quality proposal, on the other hand, not only promises success for the project, but also impresses your Thesis Committee about your potential as a researcher.
It should include the research question, the rationale for the study, the hypothesis (if any), the method and the main findings.
Descriptions of the method may include the design, procedures, the sample and any instruments that will be used.
If the research problem is framed in the context of a general, rambling literature review, then the research question may appear trivial and uninteresting.
However, if the same question is placed in the context of a very focused and current research area, its significance will become evident.