Dissertation Boot Camp

This four-day program combines workshops with individual writing time and individual consultations to help thesis and dissertation writers set goals and make progress in their work.

What to expect

The Dissertation Boot Camp program combines dedicated writing time, goal setting and writing strategy sessions, and one-on-one meetings with our writing specialists.

Dissertation Boot Camp has strict parameters for participation; participants are selected through an application process. Before applying, please think ahead to boot camp week and decide whether you can meet the following expectations:

  • Devote four full days (9:00am to 4:30pm) to the program. Some components of the program take place asynchronously; there is therefore some flexibility in the schedule to accommodate childcare responsibilities, medical appointments, etc. See the Spring 2021 Dissertation Boot Camp Schedule (pdf) to get a better idea of what the week will look like.
  • Show up each day ready to write.
  • Participate in short, skill-building workshops. 
  • If you have lab responsibilities, you will need to find coverage for the week. 
  • Follow the guidelines provided by staff and/or the group. 
  • You should set concrete goals for the program. We recommend that you meet with your supervisor to discuss your goals.
  • Gather all of the materials you will need to write productively (articles, data, previous drafts with comments, research notes, etc.).

Fall 2023

The Fall 2023 Dissertation Boot Camp runs from Tuesday, October 24, 2023 to Friday, October 27, 2023. This term the program will take place primarily online, with the option for participants to meet in person on campus to write together. 

How to apply

Click on the button below to go to the application form. Applications open on August 18, 2023 and close September 22, 2023 at 5:00 p.m..