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.

“If you feel unsupported, then this is the place you can come to find out that your work is worthy, and that you are worthy as a researcher.


It is a long haul, but it doesn’t feel that way. The time flies. It’s a quiet, calm space to get things done without disturbances from the outside world.”

– 2017 participant


Who is Thesis Bootcamp for?

Thesis Bootcamp is not for research or editing – it’s for generative writing. It’s best if you’re a later-stage candidate in the write-up phase of your thesis, but is also useful for those writing up for confirmation.

Attendees will be required to complete pre-program planning, and to set goals such as completing a chapter draft.

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.

Upcoming dates

Thesis Bootcamp #1: Burnley [COMPLETE!]
Thesis Bootcamp #2: Parkville [COMPLETE!]
Thesis Bootcamp #3: Parkville
Applications close: Sunday 28 October (Apply now)
Shortlist notice: Friday 2 November
Info session: Friday 16 November
Bootcamp weekend: Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December

Please note: Thesis Bootcamps do NOT involve overnight stay.

How do I join?

When applications are open, you can fill out an application form below. The information you provide will be used to decide whether or not we can offer you a place.

Apply for Thesis Bootcamp

  • Thesis Bootcamp is a top-rated program that is always oversubscribed – because it makes a measurable difference for students who are prepared to write.
  • Applicants are selected based on a ranking of needs and urgency: how close you are to completion, any reported difficulties and any interruptions to your candidature. We also try to ensure a spread across different faculties.
  • We accept applications from PhD and master’s by 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.

If you’ve previously attended a Thesis Bootcamp, you could still volunteer to take part in a future session as a Thesis Bootcamp veteran – you’ll get most of the benefits of attending while supporting other thesis students. Email programs@gsa.unimelb.edu.au for more info.

Thesis Bootcamp volunteers

Volunteer to help at Thesis Bootcamp!