See these examples of a simple table timeline and a chart timeline from Unit 1.
Explain the timeframe for the research project in some detail. When will you begin and complete each step? It may be helpful to reviewers if you present a visual version of your timeline. For less complicated research, a table summarizing the timeline for the project will help reviewers understand and evaluate the planning and feasibility. See Example 1.
|Ph.D. qualifying exams||Completed|
|Research Proposal Defense||Completed|
|Fieldwork in Rwanda||Oct. 1999 – Dec. 2000|
|Data Analysis and Transcription||Jan. 2001 – March 2001|
|Writing of Draft Chapters||March 2001 – Sept. 2001|
|Revision||Oct. 2001 – Feb. 2002|
|Dissertation Defense||April 2002|
|Final Approval and Completion||May 2002|
Example 1: Project Timeline in Table Format
For multi-year research proposals with numerous procedures and a large staff, a timeline diagram can help clarify the feasibility and planning of the study. See Example 2.
Example 2: Project Timeline in Chart Format
Source: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/grant-proposals-or-give-me-the-money/
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