Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is Climatematch Academy?
Q: What makes it unique?
Q: Why should I sign up for Climatematch Academy?
Q: What topics will be covered in our course?
Q: When will the program be available on the website?
Q: How do students get grouped into teams or 'pods'?
Q: What are group projects?
Q: What time zone will it take place in? What if I am not in the timezone of the school? How will I access the lectures and my "pod"?
Q: Will the courses be in any languages other than English?
Q: How long can I access the lectures and materials after school?
Q: Can I have access to a list of all participants and teaching assistants before or after school, so I can set up my own networking opportunities after school?
Q: Do I need a letter of reference to apply?
Q: Can Iranian residents participate in Climatematch courses?
A: Yes. As Climatematch Academy is part of Neuromatch Academy which was granted emergency relief from the US sanctions on Iran. This allows us to invite all students and teaching assistants residing in Iran.
Payment and Financial
Q: What does it cost to be a student?
Q: Will I be able to get a fee waiver if I am selected for the course?
Q: Can I directly pay by invoice via university?
Q: What if I drop out of the academy?
Q: What if I can't attend the whole school?
Q: What if I know at the time of application that I have conflicting work, study, or conference commitments?
Q: What if I can't attend every Wednesday (or any day) for three hours? Will this be a problem?
Q: I can no longer attend Climatematch Academy. Can I have a refund for my fees paid?
A: Climatematch Academy hires and commits to paying teaching assistants based on the number of students signed up for each course and are therefore not able to grant refunds to any students after June 24th (5 PM Eastern Daylight Time). If you have an emergency situation that you feel grants you exemption from this policy, please email email@example.com with the subject "Special refund request and your name" and we will take your request to the Financial Managers of NMA. Decisions about refunds are made on a case by case basis and can't be guaranteed past the deadline above.
Climatematch Academy Student Applications
Q: Who should be a student?
Q: When will I be able to apply?
Q: Do I have to have a Google Scholar account to apply? (I don't have any publications yet)
Q: What level of Python experience do I need?
Q: If I decline my placement in 2023 can you defer my application to 2024?
A: No, this is not possible, you will need to reapply for 2024.
Teaching assistant Applications, Selection, and Responsibilities
Q: Who should be a teaching assistant? What do teaching assistants do?
Q: When will I be able to apply?
Q: I'd like to apply to be a teaching assistant but have no climate science experience, but I'm experienced in Python. Can I still apply?
Q: Can I be a teaching assistant in week 1 and then a student in week 2? Can I be a teaching assistant and a student?
Q: I'd like to be a teaching assistant but it looks to be merit based. Should I also apply as a student?
Q: How much do teaching assistants get paid?
A: The payment for teaching assistants is role dependent: for 2023 Regular & Project TAs: $1,100 USD, and Lead TAs: $1,650 USD.