Q. Are there any Doctoral research proposals available online?
Research proposals are usually not openly online available as it is submitted for approval to a university where the student is registered and the DHET to conduct the research. It is advisable to look at Chapter 1 of a completed PhD dissertation related to your topic or subject field. The first chapter normally constitutes your research proposal and it is useful to look at the first three chapters.
To search for doctorate dissertations completed by CPUT scholars you can go to CPUT Electronic Thesis and Dissertation http://etd.cput.ac.za/
To find citations of SA dissertations/theses search in the Current and Completed database https://www.cput.ac.za/lib/databases/7341 If you find a dissertation of interest copy the title and search for the full text on google scholar https://scholar.google.co.za/
To search dissertations and theses globally go to http://search.ndltd.org/. The first and second column in guide may be helpful.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations ( advanced research and scholarship) https://oatd.org/
For online resources on research methodology, methods etc.consult the Sage database https://www.cput.ac.za/lib/databases/7399 .