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 virtual Bootcamp

“This was my first Bootcamp. I live in Adelaide, and have travelled to Melbourne at intervals for training and support, and Supervision. For me this was an excellent response to this year’s unconscionable disruptions.”

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 during this bootcamp, and I’m very pleased with the results. I came here looking for writing tips and motivation to get through the final push to finish my thesis and I definitely found it. Having dedicated writing buddies during the two days was a great idea, we were able to support each other and offer advice and it was a fantastic way to feel connected with people even though we weren’t together in person

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.

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?

17th-18th February 2021

The Bootcamp will run from Wednesday 17th February at 9.30am until Thursday 18th February at 4.30pm 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.

There is also a pre and a post workshop that must be attended

Pre-workshop: Wed 10th February 10-11am Academic Writing Skills

This workshop, hosted one week prior to the Bootcamp, will teach you some strategies and tips which you can use during the bootcamp to be as effective as possible. Attending this workshop will allow you to progress to the Bootcamp.

Post-workshop: Wed 24th February 10-11am Editing Workshop

This workshop, hosted one week after the Bootcamp, will teach you some strategies and tips about what to do with the words you have written and how to start bringing it all together.

Applications

Applications for the GSA Virtual Thesis Bootcamp are now closed.

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 there is a maximum of 30 students for this Virtual Thesis Bootcamp.