There is no fixed formula for writing a proposal. Your challenge is to convince members of the research community that you
- have identified a problem that can be clarified by your research
- have a theoretical background and a methodical approach to solve the problem
- have a realistic time frame and reasonable expenses budgeted for?
- will be adding some new information to research debates on your topic
Consult your advisor on length, layout (typeface, line spacing, font, etc.), format, as well as a table of contents and page numbers.