Due to COVID-19, the Cycle 1 deadline has been delayed.
An updated schedule will be available on June 1, 2020.

There will be at least 8 weeks' notice of the revised schedule before the deadline.


Our two all-day workshops in Central Texas are complete.
Check out our resource page or the workshop pages
for resources, presentations, exercises, and more!

The JWST Pocket Guide (version Jan-2020) is another handy resource.


Workshop dates:

  • Friday, January 31: UT Austin, Austin, Texas

  • Friday, February 21: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas


These workshops were designed to help you become familiar with the JWST proposal tools, emphasizing hands-on experience.

We provided overviews of the JWST capabilities and instrument modes, resources for proposals, example science cases, and practice with user tools such as the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) and Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT).

Workshop Organizers: Micaela Bagley (UT), Jasleen Matharu (TAMU), Taylor Hutchison (TAMU),
Rebecca Larson (UT), Vince Estrada-Carpenter (TAMU), Jacqueline Antwi-Danso (TAMU)

Contact: jwst.texas @ gmail.com

Sponsors: STScI, UT Austin Department of Astronomy, TAMU Department of Physics & Astronomy


Please note that these workshops are run by volunteers

Note from STScI: JWST Master Class graduates offer a valuable service to their local communities by organizing JWST proposal planning workshops. They help potential proposers find the basic information they need to prepare for JWST, and they facilitate the initial learning process. Graduates are not representatives of STScI, and there is no expectation that they will be able to respond to all inquiries and questions. The final authority for all information about JWST science and the proposal process resides with the JWST Documentation System (JDox), the STScI Helpdesk at jwsthelp.stsci.edu, and the JWST science website at jwst.stsci.edu.

Workshop Details

These workshops are part of the JWST Proposal Tools Master Class, a 'train the trainers' program. Workshop leaders attended a 4.5 day training at STScI in November 2019 in preparation to support their local communities in submitting JWST General Observer (GO) proposals for Cycle 1.

The Cycle 1 Call for Proposals has been re-opened! Due to COVID-19, the deadline has been delayed, with no revised deadline announced at this time. More info coming June 1, 2020.

Workshop Preparation

In preparation for the workshop (and for working on your proposals in general), please complete the following steps:

Code of Conduct

For this workshop, we are adopting the policy of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. In pursuit of that ideal, we and the AAS are dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of this workshop. For more information, please refer to the AAS Code of Ethics.

Useful Links

UT Austin Workshop

Friday, January 31 2020

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building (POB)
201 E 24th St.
Austin, TX 78712

TAMU Workshop

Friday, February 21 2020

Mitchell Inst for Fundamental Phys
& Astronomy (MIST)
4242 TAMU 576 University Dr
College Station, TX 77845