Dissertation Boot Camp

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Dissertation Boot Camp?

Writing a dissertation is a priority for doctoral students, but finding productive writing time is often a challenge. Despite its centrality, the dissertation is frequently neglected amidst all the obligations and distractions of everyday life. The Dissertation Boot Camp is a chance to step away from that routine and focus exclusively on dissertation writing for three days.

What is a Dissertation Boot Camp?

The Dissertation Boot ​Camp will give you dedicated blocks of writing time as well as the opportunity to learn about strategies for productive dissertation writing. You’ll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch breaks excepted) and set aside other demands on your time for three days, giving you the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. We will also discuss various productivity approaches to help you gain momentum in your writing that will last beyond our three days together.

Who is eligible to enrol in a Dissertation Boot Camp?

In order to sign up for the GCAC Dissertation Boot Camp, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are actively engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation in any department at U of T; the boot camp is not open to Master’s students.
  • You are finished with course work, qualifying exams, and primary research and/or data collection; the boot camp is designed for writing, not further reading and research.

How does the Dissertation Boot Camp work?

We provide a space conducive to the business of writing: distraction-free with places to plug in your laptop. The camp will be run by a facilitator knowledgeable about the many challenges associated with dissertation writing. We provide coffee, tea, and snacks each day. Participants will come prepared with their own laptops and all the materials they need to achieve their writing goals. Each day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude after 4:00 pm.

How Do I Apply?

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Please note: Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.​ If you have already participated in a GCAC (or ELWS) Dissertation Boot Camp, you will only be considered after applicants who are applying for the first time.