Dissertation Boot Camps

Princeton Graduate Students: Feeling oddly stuck, bewildered by being among humans again, or unsure how to get your dissertation going now that libraries are open again, but your adviser is unrecognizable behind a mask? Don’t despair: Dissertation Boot Camp is here to help you! All the central elements of a productive Dissertation Boot Camp—space to write, focused writing time, camaraderie, and the opportunity to reflect on the writing process—have been reimagined for a remote format, so we can safely and productively make strides toward those elusive but achievable letters: P H D.

Weekly Schedule

Dissertation Boot Camp runs in a virtual format over fall break, from Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22. The launch and plenary debrief sessions are required, plus participation in at least 5 of the 8 writing sessions & debriefs.

Monday
October 18
Tuesday
October 19
Wednesday
October 20
Thursday
October 21
Friday
October 22

11am-12:15pm
Launch Session: Goals, Schedule, and Working from Home (Required)

2pm-4:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

10am-12:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

2pm-4:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

10am-12:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

2pm-4:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

10am-12:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

2pm-4:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

10am-12:15pm
Writing Session & Debrief

2pm-3:15pm
Plenary Debrief Session (Required)

Registration

Dissertation Boot Camp has limited enrollment. 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.

A motivational deposit of $50, paid by check, is required. Your check is not cashed upon receipt; it is returned (or shredded on your behalf!) when you’ve fulfilled your Boot Camp commitment.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 13 at 5pm Eastern Time. To apply, please submit a Boot Camp application.

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