A short and practical example (.doc) – this is a great example of a brief research proposal for course projects. It gives students good requirement examples with some commentary. By Ted Zorn, University of Waikato, New Zealand – Start with this one!
Sample Research Proposal (PDF) – a useful sample research proposal for psychological research, with straight-to-the-point explanation; short and useful for other scientific fields, too. (Web archive copy, accessed in April 2016)
APA-Style Proposal #1: Intercessory Prayer and Task Performance (PDF) – by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D., Vanguard University of Southern California
APA-Style Proposal #2: Infants’ Perceived Gender and Adolescents’ Ratings (PDF) – Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D.; Vanguard University of Southern California
Sample research proposals – Sample research proposals from the Faculty of Education, The University of Western Australia
Writing Tips: Thesis Statements – How to Define Your Thesis Statement & which are the right Questions to Ask When Formulating Your Thesis; from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Guide to Writing Thesis Statements – great tips from the Writing Center for Political Science at the University of Washington
Examples of dissertation proposals
Sample Dissertation Proposals – one of the best resources of dissertation proposal samples on the Web; you can find a wide range of dissertation proposals from different fields, such as Arts and Humanities (Theatre, Geography, Communication, American/Asian Studies, Philosophy), Social science (Public health, Nursing, Social work, Sociology, Educational psychology, Foreign language education, Science eduation, etc.), Science and Engineering (Kinesiology, Integrative biology, Geological sciences, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, etc.)
Qualitative research proposal sample – A Sample Qualitative Research Proposal Written in the APA 5th Style, Syracuse University, adopted by Roger Hiemstra, from a dissertation proposal created by Dr. Nancy Gadbow
Quantitative research proposal sample – A Sample Quantitative Research Proposal Written in the APA 5th Style, Syracuse University, adopted by Roger Hiemstra, from a dissertation proposal created by Dr. Ralph Brockett.
Impact of Background and Experience on Software Inspections (PDF) – by Jeff Carver, University of Maryland
Developing Techniques for Using Software Documents: A Series of Empirical Studies (PDF) – by Forrest Shull, University of Maryland