What is Virtual Thesis Bootcamp?


 Complete a Bootcamp without setting foot in a gym! Virtual Thesis Bootcamp is a new model based on the face to face program and designed to offer a similar level of support and connection whilst in current COVID-19 restrictions.

Virtual Thesis Bootcamp is an intensive two-day virtual 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.

Testimonials from previous face to face Bootcamps


“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!”

“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.

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.

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.


When is Virtual Thesis Bootcamp?

18th November – 19th November

The Bootcamp will run from Wednesday 18th November at 9am until Thursday 19th November at 5pm via Zoom.

Commitment is necessary for the full program so please ensure you can attend BOTH days before applying.

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

A follow up Editing Workshop will be held 1 week later on Thursday 26th November, which it is highly recommended to attend to move you onto the next stage of your writing.

How do I apply?

Applications for the pilot GSA Virtual Thesis Bootcamp are open from 21st October until 4th November.

The information you provide in your application will be used to decide whether 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.

*Please note that this pilot of the Virtual Thesis Bootcamp will only be for 30 students.

You can apply here