Does it matter to you to have a mentor who is in your subfield? *
Sometimes candidates already have good access to advice particular to their subfield (e.g. physics, ancient, etc), and so they are looking for a mentor outside their subfield. Other candidates lack access to this and are looking for it through this program. Please let us know if you have a strong preference one way or the other. (Bear in mind that we cannot promise that the matching process will be able to reflect this preference -- the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to get a mentor).