What is Thesis Bootcamp? 

Complete a Bootcamp without setting foot in a gym! The Thesis Bootcamp is an intensive three-day writing program, with a selection of thesis-specific support and opportunities for social connection each day. 

It will involve a lot of writing, but it won’t be all hard work – it includes relaxation, fun, guest speakers and strategies for writing productively and activities to refresh your mind and re-connect.

I came looking for writing tips and motivation to get through the final push to finish my thesis. Having dedicated writing buddies was a great idea, we supported each other and offered advice and it was a fantastic way to feel connected

Who is Thesis Bootcamp for? 

Thesis Bootcamp is NOT for research or editing – it’s for generative writing. So it’s best suited to later-stage candidates who are in the write-up phase of their thesis. 

The camp is specifically for large amounts of writing. If you are not at the stage to sit down and write up to 10,000 words, please reconsider if this opportunity is right for you. 

GSA has committed to running our bootcamp in-person. Please make sure you’re able to attend campus for the full three days that the program is running. 

We accept applications from PhD and Masters research students at the University of Melbourne. We can only consider applications from other universities if there is space. 

Please note that we prioritise applications from first-time/late-stage attendees. If there is space, other applicants will be considered. 

This workshop was fantastic. I found the combination of information and mindfulness sessions to be really well done and very useful. I did not expect to write so much.


The 2024, Semester 1 Thesis Bootcamp will be held in-person from Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June, with a pre-bootcamp info session (via Zoom) on Friday 24 May 12-1pm, and a two-hour post-bootcamp editing workshop one week after (via Zoom). 

Participants MUST be available to attend the bootcamp in person at the Parkville Campus from 12pm-8pm on Friday 31 May, 9am-8pm on Saturday 1 June, AND 9am-8pm on Sunday 2 June.

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Applications for the Thesis Bootcamp Program for Semester 1 2024 have now closed.