About Event

Mon 18 Nov 2019
Fri 22 Nov 2019


Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

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Have questions? Please contact STScI.


STScI will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class workshop in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019.  The Master Class will include topics related to JWST proposal planning, including user tools, instrument modes, example science cases, documentation, and help resources, as well as guidance with teaching these topics to others.

Graduates of the Master Class are expected to give back to the JWST user community in two ways:

  1. By hosting proposal-preparation training activities at their home institution(s)
  2. By serving as a local expert for colleagues in the months before the JWST Cycle 1 General Observer (GO1) proposal deadline in Spring 2020

Included for Master Class participants:

  • Full travel support to Baltimore for the 4.5 day Master Class at STScI.
  • Comprehensive presentation materials, supplies, and local travel support needed for hosting regional training activities (for participants at U.S. institutions).
  • Live support from STScI expert staff on the day of your regional event(s). 


Individuals selected to participate in the Master Class are expected to prepare for the workshop at STScI, to attend the workshop in person, and to host regional events. Serving as a resource for your local scientific community will be highly rewarding but also requires significant effort. As a participant in the Master Class, you must:

  • Prepare for the workshop: Individuals selected to participate in the Master Class  are expected to have basic knowledge and familiarity with the primary proposal planning tools and support materials (e.g. APT and ETC). To ensure all participants begin the Master Class with the same foundational knowledge, exercises in advance of the November workshop will be provided. The  estimated time to complete the exercises will be ~8-10 hours over the 1-2 months prior to the November workshop. The Master Class will build on this basic foundation to provide participants with a depth and breadth of knowledge they need to train their local community in JWST proposal preparation during the most critical proposal period.
  • Attend in person: Participants must be able to travel in person to Baltimore the week of November 18-22, 2019 for the Master Class.  
  • Host training activities open to your local community: Master Class graduates will be required to host at least one JWST proposal-planning training activity. The training activity must be open to all scientists in their local area in a three-month time frame prior to the proposal deadline, nominally January to April 2020. Possibilities for activities include, but are not limited to, full-day workshops, in-person "office hours" at various local campuses, and multi-session tutorials. Partnering with others to host events is encouraged, especially if motivated by increased reach or if the training activity is in a scientist-dense area. 
  • Be a resource to your local community: Master Class graduates must also make themselves available as a local expert available to answer questions and provide guidance to general proposers in their region, outside of their official events and up until the proposal deadline. This could be availability via email, phone, or regular office hours so that your colleagues have a local touchstone for simple questions during proposal preparation.
  • Provide an impact estimate: Evaluations, using questionnaires to be provided by STScI, should be collected during the local training events and  returned to STScI within one month of the proposal deadline. This will help STScI improve the Master Class program for future JWST proposal cycles.

Who should apply:

This call is open to all potential JWST observers, regardless of career stage or research interests. Advanced graduate students/postdocs and those from geographically-remote areas are especially encouraged to apply.

Although not required, we encourage partnered or team applications from geographically-concentrated institutions. In the case of partnered applications, STScI will host one member of the team for the November workshop in person and make a remote connection available for others.

For those from European institutions who are interested in applying, ESA will also host a similar train-the-trainer workshop in Europe in February 2020. You can get additional details from their separate Call for Applications.

To apply:

Complete an online application and return it by 5 p.m. (ET) on June 03, 2019.

If you are interested in learning more about the Master Class, please email

Important Dates

June 3 Applications due by 5 p.m. (ET)



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