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ONLINE: Research Proposals: How to get going, and keep going


 About this workshop

This workshop is an introduction to the genre of proposal writing.  It aims to prepare and provide participants with the why, what, and how of proposal writing focusing on the aim, purpose, and process of generating an academic research proposal. The workshop aims to help students develop a draft outline, and strategies to keep going – clarity, conciseness, and coherence.  It will also address aspects of genre, audience and purpose towards ideas for possible research questions. 


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "I had no idea how to tackle the research proposal and now I have a much clearer roadmap and framework."
  • "We talked a lot about writing the introduction and I think it made me more confident to follow the guidelines given in the class."
  • "Session was super awesome and very informative."


About the presenter

Ms. Isabella Sinn, Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED

Isabella is a senior Writing Consultant at UCT Writing Centre and has extensive experience in facilitating academic writing and research workshops for all levels of study, this includes facilitating the MMUF Writing Circles and Writing to Post Graduate Completion Seminars.  Isabella completed her MA in Historical Studies, focussing on divorce and the family in the nineteenth-century Cape Colony, and is currently working on further research and publication.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Post-Graduate students who are starting to work on their proposals are to bring ideas and or drafts to this comprehensive online workshop.

Level of participation at the workshop

Online participation will include a few individual brainstorming and conceptual thinking activities, online discussions, and a Q and A session, among other related self-activities.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.


Monday, March 18, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ms. Isabella Sinn, Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 87 seats available.

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

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University of Cape Town

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