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To ensure that all potential applicants have access to the same information, we will post answers to received questions on that webpage. The last day to submit substantive questions about the ExoExplorers program, call, or application content is September 14, 2021. After this date, we will only answer procedural questions about the application process.
How can I stay informed about the ExoExplorers Science Series? (10/26/2020)
Sign up for the Mailing List to receive occasional email updates about ExoExplorers, including application and event announcements.
What is the role of an ExoGuide? (10/15/2020)
During the session that runs from January-June, each ExoGuide will present one hour-long lecture directly to the cohort that speaks to their experiences as a scientist. This lecture would, with permission, be recorded and later posted online for public viewing. Example lecture topics might include speaking to experiences building effective collaborations in the era of next-generation NASA missions or visions and perspectives on training the next generation of scientists. ExoGuide lectures should showcase broad, diverse perspectives that work to engage the exoplanet community.
Additionally, each ExoGuide will participate in one hour-long informal roundtable discussion, which will enable the cohort to gain broader understanding of the ExoGuide's experiences in exoplanet science.
My email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" bounced. What should I do? (10/15/2020)
Please email Jennifer Burt directly with subject line "ExoExplorers FAQ."
I’m not sure if my area of research falls within a science gap. Should I apply? (8/19/2021)
The committee will take an expansive view of what it means for research to be supportive of one or more of the Science Gaps. Please include an explanation of the connection in your application.
Can I revise/modify my ExoExplorers application after submission?? (8/19/2021)
Yes, you may update your application until the submission deadline. You should have received an email with a link to edit your submission. Following this link, you can edit answers to any of the form questions. Unfortunately, Google forms does not allow replacement uploads. If you wish to make changes to your CV or statement, you will need to submit a new application. To start a new application, you have two options: you can follow the link from the Call page again OR when you open the "edit responses" email link, you should see a grey popup in the lower left of your screen that gives you the option to "open a blank form" to complete a new application. When you submit a replacement application, we would appreciate it if you would check the box in the form indicating that this is a replacement submission.
Do I need to be nominated by my institution or advisor? (8/19/2021)
No, you do not need to be nominated.
I am a Chinese citizen attending/employed by a US institution. Am I eligible to apply? (8/25/21)
If you are ONLY affiliated with a US institution (eg: not also currently affiliated with a non-US university, government, military, or other employer), you are eligible to apply. If you are affiliated with BOTH US and international institutions, please reach out to the email address above for further guidance.
I am currently affiliated with an institution outside the US. Am I eligible to apply? (8/31/2021)
In most cases yes, although there are restrictions placed on a small number of countries. Please reach out to the email address above for guidance.
I am not currently a graduate student or postdoc. Can I still apply? (9/2/2021)
We are accepting applications from currently active graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Limited exceptions to the “currently active” requirement may be possible for extenuating circumstances (eg: currently on short-term leave of absence); please contact the email address above for guidance.
Is there a limit on the number of years after the PhD to be eligible as a postdoc?
Current postdocs are eligible to apply; there is no limit on the number of years since PhD.
Should I describe my past, present, or future research in my statement? (9/10/2021)
Your statement should include current and/or proposed work that is relevant to the ExEP Science Gap List. In addition, you may also describe past research, if desired.
According to the application instructions, we must write about 1,000 words. However, nothing is said about including a figure of our own research. Would you encourage applicants to include an image or perhaps one should focus more on the writing? (9/14/2021)
Figures are allowed but not encouraged, and we encourage applicants to focus on the writing.