I am writing regarding research proposal requirements in the UK PhD applications. I am checking biology+CS CDT programs, where the professors list possible research topics with a one-page description. And a 3-4 page research proposal from the applicant is required for the application.
I heard a lot of people saying the "common" practice is to reach the supervisor first, draft the proposal, and have the potential supervisor revise the proposal before submission.
However, I have problems getting replies from the possible supervisors. I guess it's partially because my first contact emails are not attractive enough, and partially because they are busy or on holiday. It could also be they have been helping others with proposals for the same project.
My questions are:
For such programs (where a research project has been provided), is having the supervisor's help with research proposals a practically MUST?
What level of help do you usually receive from the supervisors? One-paragraph general comments on the proposal, or having them comment on the doc in detail, or even further?
Since the project is posted and funded within a CDT, does it mean if I get the professor's detailed help with the proposal, then I am 'almost' selected? The rest of the application is just administrative?
If they are not responding to me, does that mean my proposal will be thrown into a pile of applications and never get the chance to be read?
Thanks for your reply.
PS: I saw some similar posts but with different focuses, such as this one. I hope this won't be considered as duplication.