What is Thesis Bootcamp?

Thesis Bootcamp is a rigorous three-day writing weekend, with a different program of focused activities each day.

It involves a lot of writing, but it’s not all hard work – it includes relaxation, pampering, motivational talks, goal setting, strategies for writing productively and for breaking fatigue and writer’s block.

Support staff are on hand and catering is provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment.

“Thesis Bootcamp provided a supportive and conducive environment – with help when I needed it to make a significant dent/impact on finishing my thesis. I cannot recommend it enough!”

“It gives you an excellent excuse to spend 2 and a half days of just writing. It pulls you out of that “I’m never going to finish” zone and takes to the writing zone, to the “I can finish it” zone.”

“Bootcamp really does change lives. It allows students to complete a significant amount of work in a short time and removes the guilt we all feel when we are not progressing as quickly as planned in the PhD. It can make a huge difference to a students’ mental health and confidence.”

“Thesis Bootcamp pulled me out of the cycle of short, disjointed spurts of effort on my thesis […] I can’t imagine how I would have got there without the Bootcamp.”

– Previous Thesis Bootcamp attendees


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.

Attendees will be required to complete pre-Bootcamp planning and to set specific writing goals.

The camp is specifically for large amounts of writing. If you are not at the stage to sit down and write up to 20,000 words, please reconsider if this opportunity is right for you.

Please note: Thesis Bootcamps do NOT involve overnight stay.

Upcoming dates

Thesis Bootcamp #1: 28 February – 1 March 2020

Thesis Bootcamp #2: during April 2020


** Next Thesis Bootcamp: February 28 – March 1, 2020 ***

How do I join?

Applications for our next GSA Thesis Bootcamp are open until 5pm Thursday 6 February!

The Bootcamp will run from Friday 28 February until Sunday 1 March at The Hub, Southbank Campus. Please ensure you can attend ALL three days before applying. 

The information you provide will be used to decide whether or not we can offer you a place so please allow enough time for a considered response.

  • Thesis Bootcamp is a top-rated program that is always oversubscribed as it makes a measurable difference for students who are ready to write.
  • Applicants are selected based on a ranking of needs and urgency: how close you are to completion;  any reported difficulties or interruptions to your candidature; and circumstances relating to your socio-economic position. We also try to ensure a diverse cohort across different faculties.
  • 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, due to the popularity of Thesis Bootcamp, we prioritise applications from first-time attendees. It is unlikely you will be accepted twice during your candidature.

Thesis Bootcamp volunteers