Dissertation Institute

* The fall Dissertation Institute will be held Dec. 15-19, 2014. More details to follow mid-September.*

Does your dissertation need some inspiration? Looking for a boost to get finished? Or maybe you want to get it started off on the right foot? Try NC State's new "bootcamp for your dissertation!"

Thesis and Dissertation Support Services at NC State is offering the Dissertation Institute in May 2014. The Institute is designed to give 20 students at the writing stage of their dissertation dedicated time and space to focus on their projects. The Institute will combine highly productive writing time, scholarly writing instruction, group goal-setting, and motivational strategies to support our doctoral students. We will help you get finished!

When: May 12-16, 2014
Where: Hunt Library Creativity Studio (South end)
Who can apply: Doctoral candidates at the writing stage of their dissertations (limited to the first 20 applicants)
Applications available: January 31, 2014
Deadline for applications
: March 31, 2014
Deadline for motivational deposit: March 31, 2014

Application Package

Applications for the Institute are now available! Download the form (Word document) to complete it. Please read the application instructions and form carefully. There are three (3) requirements for your Dissertation Institute application:

  1. Completed application form (available in the application package)
  2. A brief letter of support from your dissertation chair
  3. A fully-refundable motivational deposit of $50 in the form of a check, made out to NC State University.

To secure your seat in the Institute, you must complete all three elements of the application package. There are only 20 seats available on a first come, first served basis. Incomplete applications will not hold you a seat. Please read the entire application package for full details and instructions. Once your completed application is received, you will receive an email from the Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services confirming your seat and providing you with more details about the week's schedule and expectations.

For more information, please contact the Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services, Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry, at makittle[at]ncsu[dot]edu.

Cancellation Policy

Should your schedule change, you may cancel your seat in the Dissertation Institute by April 15, 2014. Cancellations made prior to this date will have their motivational deposit check returned. Cancellations made after this date will result in forfeiture of the motivational deposit.

Our Co-Sponsor


The Dissertation Institute is made possible through a generous donation from the University Graduate Student Association, who is co-sponsoring this event with Thesis and Dissertation Support Services. For more on how they support NC State's graduate student population, be sure to check out their website!