I'm currently preparing to submit my NSF mathematics postdoctoral fellowship application, with deadline tomorrow on October 17. You must be a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident, etc.) to apply. There is a line on the application to indicate this:
CITIZENSHIP (check one) __ US Citizen or National ___ Permanent Resident ___Foreign National(give country: )
In what I believe to be the relevant part of the application (the page Application Form), there is a field which reads:
I. Citizenship status: Do not wish to provide
without any way to modify this.
There is an advisory listed on the NSF Fastlane main page, dated Oct. 1, which reads:
The Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships solicitation (NSF 16-558) requires proposers to indicate U.S. citizenship status; however, the ability to update this information is no longer functional. Proposals that are not compliant with solicitation requirements may be returned without review. Please email [email protected] or contact the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188.
This is rather cryptic. It seems to say that me not being able to update citizenship status on the application is in fact what everybody is experiencing. On the other hand, it also seems to indicate that nevertheless it is important to indicate U.S. citizenship status, and that my application may be rejected immediately without this information.
I'd naturally prefer not to have my application rejected for technicalities. Is anyone else going through the same issue right now? If so, what is the right way to address it? Is there a way to update citizenship status? Or is this matter inconsequential?