Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp: February 22, 23 and 24

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Virtual 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 Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp is a chance to step away from that routine and focus exclusively on dissertation writing for three days, in an online setting.

What is a Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp?

​The Virtual 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 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 the Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp?

In order to sign up for the GCAC Virtual 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 dissertation 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 Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp work?

We will conduct this boot camp over Zoom. Each day will begin with an opening presentation from the instructor, followed by uninterrupted writing time and an opportunity to ask writing questions at the end of the day. The camp will be run by an instructor knowledgeable about the many challenges associated with dissertation writing. Each day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude after 4:00 pm.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for a place, please fill in this form ( Once the instructor has assessed your eligibility for the boot camp, they will advise you whether or not you have been accepted. In order to participate, you must be available to attend for the full three days without exception.