Timeline Examples

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.

Exploratory Research Completed
Proposal Development Completed
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.

A chart displaying project activities with activities listed in the left column and grant years divided into quarters in the top row with rectangles darkened to indicate in which quarter each activity in the left column occurs

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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