Dissertation Boot Camps

Princeton Graduate Students: January is an opportunity for a fresh start! As we ring in the new year, another round of Dissertation Boot Camp is here to help you develop and maintain healthy writing habits during a time that is often relatively unstructured. All the central elements of a productive Boot Camp—space to write, focused writing time, camaraderie, and the opportunity to reflect on the writing process—are available to you in a virtual format. Build and maintain momentum by developing and refining healthy habits and practices around work and writing with colleagues from across the disciplines.

Dissertation Boot Camp runs over the course of one week and is generally offered four times per year: in October, during Fall Break; in January, usually during the week preceding Wintersession; in March, during Spring Break; and once during the summer in either June or July.

Weekly Schedule

The January 2024 Dissertation Boot Camp runs in a virtual format from Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 12. The launch and plenary debrief sessions are required, plus participation in at least 5 of the 8 writing sessions & debriefs.

Monday
January 8
Tuesday
January 9
Wednesday
January 10
Thursday
January 11
Friday
January 12

10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. ET
Launch Session: Goals, Schedule, and Working from Home (Required)

2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Writing Session & Debrief

2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET
Plenary Debrief Session (Required)

Application

Enrollment in Dissertation Boot Camp is limited. Priority consideration is given based on applicant's proximity to graduation and year in program; other considerations include prioritizing first-time applicants and disciplinary diversity among participants.

Dissertation Boot Camp is free of charge for Princeton graduate students, but a motivational deposit is required for participation. If you are accepted into the program, you must sign a form indicating your agreement that $50 will be charged to your student account if you do not complete the requirements of Boot Camp.

Questions? Please write to [email protected].

A joint initiative of the Princeton Writing Program and the Graduate School.