Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp: February 17, 18 and 19

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 using an online platform. Over the course of each day, there will be a combination of instructor presentations, uninterruped writing time, and group discussions. The camp will be run by a facilitator 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?

Registration is now open! To apply for this dissertation boot camp, please fill out the application form found here.

You will be taken to a Microsoft sign-in page. Please enter your U of T email address and you will be taken to a UTORid sign-in page. Sign in and complete the application form.

By registering for this virtual boot camp, you are confirming that you will be available to participate for the full three days. Please feel free to contact the facilitator, Rachael Cayley, if you have any questions. The week before the virtual boot camp, Rachael will be in touch with more details.

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.