Thesis Proposal Review Boot Camp

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Thesis Proposal Review Boot Camp

2022 dates:

  • October 25,26,27 2022 

Expression of interest form is here.

Go on a three-day ‘deep dive’ boot camp designed to help you finish writing your Thesis Proposal Review document.

The Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) is the first and most important part of the ANU milestone process for HDR candidates. While the length of the document you have to write varies according to where you are enrolled, the basic format remains the same. The TPR should set out a clear research problem, situate your research proposal in the literature and tell the audience how you plan to carry out the research. This boot camp will give you time and structured support to complete this document to a high standard.

What is a boot camp?

The boot camp method was developed at the University of Melbourne by Peta Freestone, Liam Connell and Katherine Firth. Borrowing from popular novel-writing boot camps in the United States, boot camp is a three-day immersive workshop where participants get specialised instruction and time to put the learning into practice.

At ANU we have reworked the basic boot camp formula to provide support for different types of writing projects and challenges. Each boot camp has a ‘stretch target’ to work towards and you are expected to write in the company of others who are attempting the same thing. Boot camp has specific attendance requirements, which are there to ensure that you get the most out of the experience. Boot camp combats the isolation of the PhD experience, providing a supportive environment to motivate you and make friends with others who are sharing the same experience.

What to expect?

Professor Mewburn has published multiple books, including two on academic writing, and authored over 27 peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. She does all this 'proper' academic writing and still manages to write 30K words per annum on her blog, which she has maintained for the last 10 years. She doesn't always love writing, but she knows how to get writing projects done and will share her productivity secrets over three days of this intensive writing workshop.

Dr Cally Guerin works in the Researcher Development team at the Australian National University. She has been teaching, researching and publishing in doctoral education since 2008, delivering workshops for PhD candidates and their supervisors to develop effective research practices. She is a founding co-editor of the DoctoralWriting blog. Much of her time is spent translating the mysteries of academic research cultures for newcomers.

The format will be a three-day Zoom meeting, strictly limited to 30 people from The Australian National University. This opportunity is available to PhD and MPhil candidates. There will be short 'tips and tricks' sessions where Inger will show you how to impress your panel with your presentation and 'shut up and write' style sessions where you have a chance to work on your document in harmonious, online company of others.

We will offer places on a first-come, first-served basis but will prioritise PhD candidates who are close to TPR if there are too many applications. Successful applicants will be notified by email. 

If you have a question about this Boot camp, please contact Professor Inger Mewburn on or Dr. Cally Guerin on