I am a final year PhD student in Physics applying for postdoc. Usually institutes ask for statement of research in postdoc applications. But one of them asks for a research proposal (less than two pages). I already have a four page long research statement. I was thinking of omitting my past research part (I'll not be working on my thesis related work in future). Can someone suggest me how to modify a statement of research to make that a research proposal.


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My recommendation is to not modify your research statement, but just write the research proposal from the beginning. It's less than 2 pages, so it's not that much work, and depending on how your research proposal is written, the result probably won't flow well if you just delete the previous work parts.

  • I know this is probably no longer relevant for you, but I thought I'd give an answer for future generations...
    – Kimball
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 16:27
  • I thought Research proposals usually never contain previous work-related stuff (in the usual case, i.e. if the person is not switching the field etc).
    – dexterdev
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 11:25

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