PhD Dissertation Prospectus
In order to receive the MPhil, the student must pass an oral defense of the dissertation prospectus before his or her MPhil oral examination committee or before a dissertation prospectus committee selected by the advisor. The prospectus is usually a revision of the grant proposal submitted to outside funders at the beginning of the third year for dissertation research in Asia. The prospectus defense is normally carried out in conjunction with the MPhil oral examination, but it may be taken afterwards, either within six months of the oral examination or before leaving for field research (whichever occurs first). For the purpose of fellowships requirements, it is possible to defend the prospectus in advance of the oral defense.
For the Report of the Dissertation Proposal Committee Form, see 8. M.Phil. Oral Examinations.