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In the essence, it’s not. The process of writing research proposal is not different from any other scholarly paper, of course depending on its level. Yet, since PhD proposals are intended primarily for academic circles, the writer should make emphasis on the scientific rather than practical value. In other words, PhD level works have to contribute to the body of theoretical knowledge before everything else. Students often make the mistake of believing that PhD proposals are somehow different from the rest. While they do have some peculiarities, the general requirements are the same.