Write a Conference Proposal

How to Write a Conference Proposal

Conferences are a big part of the graduate student experience. Attending is an important opportunity to network and learn more about what's happening in your field, and presenting gives many students their first opportunity to put their work out there and to express themselves as real academics. But, in order to have the chance to take advantage of these professional opportunities, you have to convince somebody that you have something worthwhile to say.

What is a Conference Proposal?

All academic disciplines have conferences-conventions where professionals in the field get together to share information. The main way researchers spread the word about what they're working on is in presentations, which are short (usually 15 - 20 minutes) talks in which the presenter gives a brief outline of his or her research. These presentations are a great way for graduate students to gain experience and get exposure.
In order to be selected to give a presentation, first you have to submit a conference proposal. Basically a conference proposal is a short summary of the talk you would give at the conference. It highlights your research questions and results and also provides a brief explanation as to why your research is important. A good conference proposal will help you get your foot in the academic door, while a bad one will leave you out in the cold.

What Goes in a Conference Proposal?

There are as many types of conference proposals as there are conferences. Every conference will have its own guidelines for submissions, and the number one rule of writing proposals is to follow the submission guidelines for the particular conference you're applying too. Some will ask only for a short abstract (which, if accepted, is often printed word-for-word in the program), while others allow for longer submissions that are read only by those who are selecting papers.
Most conference proposals will be only a few hundred words long, which means you need to fit a lot of information into a pretty short amount of space. Remember, a conference proposal is meant to sell your paper to the people who are in charge of selecting presenters, so don't waste time with information that isn't vital to that task.
There are lots of ways you can structure a conference proposal, but the most straightforward is to simply mimic the organization of a long research paper. Start with a sentence or two of introduction that establishes your topic, then explicitly state what gap in the research landscape your work fills. Remember, you want to convince the reader that your work is important, so this first step is an absolute must. Next, briefly discuss your methodology, then move into your results and conclusions.

Dos and Don'ts of Conference Proposals

Do follow the rules

This was said earlier but it bears repeating: every conference has its own guidelines, and you need to follow those guidelines to the letter if you have any hope of being accepted as a presenter. The people reading applications will probably see hundreds or even thousands of similar proposals; if yours is the one that goes over the word limit or has incorrectly done citations, it'll be the first paper to go on the reject pile.

Do proofread

Papers with spelling and grammar mistakes will end up in the same place as those that don't follow conference proposal guidelines. Remember, there are hundreds of other people who have also submitted proposals, and if you look like you don't care enough to proofread your work, those other people are (rightfully) going to get picked ahead of you.

Don't bite off more than you can chew

When working on your proposal, keep in mind how much time you'll have to do your presentation. Most conferences will give you to 15 - 20 minutes, but you might have even less. If in your proposal you outline a talk that would take you significantly more time, it's likely to be rejected. The conference organizers don't want somebody up there who's obviously going to run out of time or give a rushed presentation; they want somebody who can use those 15 minutes wisely to give a structured, nuanced talk.

Do find the balance between ego and fear

As with all academic writing, conference proposals require you to strike a balance between tooting your own horn and noting the work of others. So, don't claim to be blowing up a long-held theory in your field but also don't just reiterate the work of others. If you're going to give a presentation, you should have an original idea, no matter how small, to talk about.

Don't quote too much

Conference proposals are short, and if you spend too much time rehashing the work of others there won't be time to get to your own ideas. The people reading applications don't want to waste their valuable time reading stuff they've seen before in books or other papers. This is your time to express your ideas, so don't write a proposal that looks like nothing more than a literature review.

Don't use jargon

On the other hand, it's sometime important to explain concepts in your proposal. Particularly if you're attending a cross-disciplinary conference or you're presenting to a general audience, you may need to explain theories and terms. Just like the reader will get tired of reading stuff they already know, they'll also get annoyed if they're reading stuff they don't understand. It's a difficult balance to strike, and it will be different for every conference.

Do specialize your paper for the conference

Many conferences have a theme, and even if your work doesn't fit that theme very well, it's in your best interest to make an effort to try. Also make sure to focus your paper if you're applying to conferences that cover a narrow sub-topic or area of your field. Just sending out the same proposal to a dozen conferences is probably going to get you rejected by every single one.

Do plan your talk

It's not necessary to write out your entire talk before you do your proposal, but you need to have a solid outline of what you plan to discuss before you apply to present. The conference organizers are going to expect you to actually discuss what's in your proposal, and if you discover that your proposal isn't going to work after it's already been accepted, you'll be in real trouble.

Do stick with one main idea

The best presentations provide a meaningful, in-depth look at a narrow topic, while less successful talks will just skim the surface of larger topics. When you're planning your talk, pick just one idea from your research to focus on. It will ensure that your talk isn't rushed, and your proposal will reflect that attention to detail.

Do start strong

Often in conference proposals it can be a good idea to state your main results clearly in the very first sentence. If you save them to the end the reader will likely have to go back and reread your work, and with hundreds of papers to read, they'll probably just toss it in the "no" pile. But, if you tell the reader what to expect from the beginning, they're more likely to be impressed.

Do get a second opinion

Nobody's perfect, and your first attempts at a conference proposal won't be either. So, before you start sending your proposal out into the world, have an advisor or fellow student look them over. They'll be able to point out weaknesses you might not see and can help you avoid simple spelling and grammar mistakes as well.

Our TOP writers

TOP 10
Writer 124855
ID 124855

Master's in Project Management, PMP, Six Sigma

Rating 99.9%
(99.9%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 124855

898 written pages

90 orders

87 a+ papers

My Master’s degree and comprehensive writing experience allow me to complete any order fast and hit the nail on the head every time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 102166
ID 102166

MBA, PMP, ITIL

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 102166

1380 written pages

463 orders

444 a+ papers

I am experienced writer with an MBA, PMP, ITIL, that consistently delivers unique, quality papers. I take pride in my experience and quickness.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 124157
ID 124157

MS in Human Resource Management

Rating 97.2%
(97.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 124157

544 written pages

182 orders

171 a+ papers

I hold a MS degree in Human Resource and my goal is to help students with flawless, unique papers, delivered on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 99613
ID 99613

RN, MSN, PCN, PHN

Rating 99.7%
(99.7%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (6) about writer 99613

1000 written pages

334 orders

321 a+ papers

As Registered Nurse (RN, PCN), I can quickly deal with any medical paper. My expertise and writing skills are perfect for this job.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 47072
ID 47072

MPA, MHA

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 47072

21558 written pages

2696 orders

2453 a+ papers

I have MPA, MHA degrees but, most importantly, experience and skills to provide unique, well-written papers on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 88761
ID 88761

DNP, BA, APN, PMHNP-BC

Rating 98.9%
(98.9%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 88761

2651 written pages

886 orders

771 a+ papers

I can write about multiple areas and countless topics, as I have a DNP and BA degrees. High-quality writing is my second name.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 115722
ID 115722

PhD in American History

Rating 99%
(99%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 115722

879 written pages

295 orders

271 a+ papers

A PhD in American history comes handy. Unique papers, any topics, swift delivery — helping with academic writing is my passion.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 84133
ID 84133

MA, PsyD, LMFT

Rating 100%
(100%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 84133

4506 written pages

564 orders

547 a+ papers

Incredibly fast PsyD writer. Efficient paper writing for college. Hundreds of different tasks finished. Satisfaction guaranteed.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 110192
ID 110192

MEd, NCC, LPC, LMFT

Rating 97.2%
(97.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 110192

967 written pages

122 orders

120 a+ papers

Top-ranked writer with tons of experience. Ready to take on any task, and make it unique, as well as objectively good. Always ready!

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 85466
ID 85466

MSW, LICSWA, DSW-C

Rating 97.6%
(97.6%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 85466

6496 written pages

1626 orders

1463 a+ papers

Experienced Social Work expert focused on good writing, total uniqueness, and customer satisfaction. My goal — to help YOU.

hire writer

Buy your papers from the best writing service

Have your tasks done by our professionals to get the best possible results.

total: $8.51
Confidentiality

NO Billing information is kept with us. You pay through secure and verified payment systems.

Quality

All papers we provide are of the highest quality with a well-researched material, proper format and citation style.

Communication

Our 24/7 Support team is available to assist you at any time. You also can communicate with your writer during the whole process.

Authorship

You are the single owner of the completed order. We DO NOT resell any papers written by our expert

Originality

All orders are done from scratch following your instructions. Also, papers are reviewed for plagiarism and grammar mistakes.

Samples

You can check the quality of our work by looking at various paper examples in the Samples section on our website.

Special price $8.51/page
Place an order
63,000
more than 63,000 times students trusted us to write their papers
9/10
9 out of 10 customers recommend us*
92%
92% of our customers have placed more than 7 orders
*data is based on 6,568 customers' feedback received from Jan 1, 2017 till Jan 1, 2018.
Special price $8.51/page
Place an order
Customer #5079

I love history - that's why I'm majoring in it, but I don't have time to put together a whole thesis about it. I mean, at first I tried doing it myself, but why sweat over it when I can just pay and have it done in a few days? I had to ask for a minor revision for the references page, but otherwise, everything's ok. My writer did everything quickly, I liked it.

Customer #3797

Referencing was weak. I liked the paper you wrote but I had to edit my paper to change some quotes. I would ask you to revise it but had no time. Next time I plan to use you, will for sure order in advance.

Estimated Deadline: Saturday, Dec 12 11:44 PM in Your timezone
Total price: $8.51
Price starts from $8.51
Regular discounts and offers
Excellent results guaranteed
Professional 24/7 support

Free samples of our work

There are different types of essays: narrative, persuasive, compare\contrast, definition and many many others. They are written using a required citation style, where the most common are APA and MLA. We want to share some of the essays samples written on various topics using different citation styles.

Find out more

We provide free articles on a constant basis. We are willing to help students and aspiring writers get more knowledge on academic writing standards and requirements. Use our blog to enhance your skills and broaden your horizons. Our writers want to share their vast experience and are also willing to provide custom help based on your needs. Everybody is welcome to read the most recent articles on topics related to academic writing.

services
Hey, you...Yes, you! Don’t you want to get your Discount?
binder1
binder2
Your discount will be
sent to the email!

I have read and agree to the Terms of Use, Money Back Guarantee, Privacy and Cookie Policy of BestCustomWriting.com

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Use your opportunity to get a discount!

To get your special discount, write your email below

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Best papers and best prices!

Want to get quality paper done on time cheaper?

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot