*Please note that official transcripts and three letters of recommendation must be mailed/e-mailed to the program to be complete. Applications are due February 9th. 

Name *
Please include your full legal name as it appears on your passport. Use the "First Name" block for any middle names you may have
Preferred Name
Preferred Name
If different than your legal name
Date format mm/dd/yyyy
We ask for your gender because we like to try to have a gender diverse expedition
(he/him/his, she/her/hers, ze, they, etc.)
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Permanent mailing address rather than a temporary school address
Phone *
Are you available for the full dates of the program? *
Are you able to arrive in Juneau on June 19th and depart Juneau August 16th?
How Did You Hear About JIRP? *
Please let us know how you found out about JIRP! This helps us refine our recruitment efforts and allows us to thank individuals who send us great students.
All JIRP admitted JIRP students will receive a JIRP logo t-shirt at the end of the season. Please indicate your universal t-shirt size below:
Emergency Contacts
Emergency Contact #1 *
Emergency Contact #1
Address *
Phone *
Emergency Contact #2 *
Emergency Contact #2
Address *
Phone *
For applicants who are minors (under the age of 18)
Parent Name #1
Parent Name #1
Minors must provide JIRP with the name and contact information for at least one parent or guardian.
Parent Name #2
Parent Name #2
Optional second parent or guardian name and contact information.
Current Academic Status: *
Current year in school: *
Please indicate your academic interest areas if you have not yet declared a major. Graduate students, please include any information about your thesis that may be relevant to JIRP.
We require a copy of your official academic transcripts. They can be emailed directly to the Program Coordinator at fger.jirp@gmail.com or mailed to the following address: PO Box 35054 / Juneau, AK 99803. Please understand that we will NOT review your application without receipt of your official transcripts.
Please outline both your short-term and long-term goals.
Please list any awards, honors or other recognition you have received, both in and out of college:
Academic Credit *
JIRP partners with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), a fully accredited public university, to offer the academic credit portion of our program. All JIRP students enroll in UAS as non-degree seeking students and register for 6 upper division credits in Environmental Science.
Outdoor and Athletic Experience
Please describe your outdoor and athletic skill levels. Include any background related to the following: skiing (ski touring, nordic skiing, downhill and/or telemark); camping; wilderness experience; glacier travel; mountaineering; rock or ice climbing; experience in cold/wet environments or other relevant background/experience. Be honest and specific. Lack of experience in this area will not necessarily hinder your acceptance into JIRP. Especially if you do not have extensive outdoor experience, please describe your athletic background and fitness level as thoroughly as possible.
JIRP requires three (3) letters of reference. Two (2) of these should be from academic instructors/advisors and one (1) should be from a person in your community. These letters should address your achievements, your scientific or academic potential, and comment on your ability to get along with others in an expeditionary environment. Please link them here or email them directly to the Program Coordinator at fger.jirp@gmail.com. Often, people contributing letters of reference for students will prefer to send letters directly to JIRP. That is fine with us. However, please understand that it is your responsibility to make sure these letters are sent in a timely manner. Again, letters can be sent directly to the JIRP Program Coordinator at fger.jirp@gmail.com. Please ask anyone sending in letters on your behalf to include YOUR name in the subject line. We will NOT review your application without these letters.
Medical Certifications
Please indicate if you have any background in emergency or wilderness medicine. Please include any certifications and if they are current.
Statements of Understanding
Health & Fitness *
Skiing across the Juneau Icefield is a serious undertaking that requires a healthy fitness level. It is important for everyone's safety that all participants are honest in their fitness self-evaluations. Please indicate your understanding of the physical demands of this program below. Please note that a more in-depth medical/health evaluation along with a physical by your medical provider will be required for all admitted students.
Passport and Visa *
JIRP is an international program. The program begins in Alaska, USA and includes a remote crossing of the international border into British Columbia, Canada. All JIRP participants are met in Atlin, BC by Canadian Immigration officials. In addition, you will pass through US Customs on your return by bus into Alaska. To participate in JIRP, you MUST have a valid passport that expires NO EARLIER than December 31, 2018. If you are not a US citizen, you may be required to secure visas for either/both the US and/or Canada (it will be your responsibility to research and obtain any required visas).
Field Fee *
The field fee for JIRP 2017 is $7425. This covers the following: FOOD (2 hot meals per day, trail lunch, and snacks; food is flown into the field via helicopter); LODGING (accommodations are provided in Juneau and on the Icefield- JIRP operates and maintains a series of permanent field camps located across the Icefield; we also periodically use 4-season tents as temperary field camps; FUEL (all camps are equipped with generators for limited power and propane for cooking; we support field work with gasoline-powered snow machines); TRANSPORTATION (in and around Juneau by van/bus; boat transport on Lake Atlin; chartered bus from Atlin, BC to Skagway, AK; state ferry from Skagway to Juneau, AK.); SAFETY TRAINING (instruction in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, ropework, general wilderness travel skills, communication, etc.); USE OF GROUP GEAR (camp facilities, safety gear, scientific equipment, over-snow vehicles, etc); ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION (in-depth, hands-on mentorship and training from almost two dozen expert scientists and researchers; fully developed academic curriculum and field projects; robust academic lectures throughout the program); SIX UPPER DIVISION CREDITS (all JIRP students register for ENVS S496 from the University of Alaska Southeast); FIELD NOTEBOOK (one Rite in the Rain field notebook); JIRP LOGO T-SHIRT; LOGISTICAL SUPPORT (includes all communication via radio and satellite phone, delivery of food and supplies, movement of short-term personnel to and from field camps). THE FIELD FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 1) Transportation to or from Juneau, AK (note: Juneau is accessible only by ferry or plane, there is no bus access) 2) Personal gear (including skis, boots, outdoor clothing, backpack, etc.). The gear list posted on the website gives you an idea of the gear you will have to acquire, although we will make some small updates for 2018. Limited rentals are available for large items (skis, boots, ice axes, crampons), and JIRP staff can provide advice on purchasing lower-cost gear. JIRP has limited scholarship opportunities for students. We will post a separate scholarship application on our website by the end of December 2017. We encourage you to seek 3rd party funding through your home institution, friends and family, and independent scholarship funds. Please indicate your understanding of the program costs below:
Statement of Understanding *
The JIRP field season happens primarily in a dynamic glacier environment. Many expedition participants are under the age of 21. Because of these factors, JIRP has a strict policy prohibiting the consumption of drugs and alcohol for the entirety of the program. Furthermore, there will be a number of safety rules in place throughout the summer. The staff will work hard to make these rules clear to all participants. Failure to abide by program rules may result in immediate removal from the program by helicopter at the expense of the participant. By checking each box, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
Additional Information and Essay Questions
Please tell us why you would like to participate in JIRP. What do you hope or expect to gain by participating in this expeditionary field research experience? Be as specific as possible.
Please describe why you think you would be a good fit for JIRP. How do you envision yourself best contributing to a positive and engaged group dynamic? Be as specific as possible.
Please list any hobbies of yours as well as any related areas of interest or skill (radio communications, mechanics, background in writing or art, etc.):
JIRP is committed to diversity and inclusion. If you identify as someone who might fit into a traditionally underserved population and would like to share that with us, please do so here. This information will not impact any decision about your admission. It is intended only to give JIRP a better picture of our outreach efforts. Thank you for any information you provide.
(Additional qualifications, if you have any extenuating circumstances you would like us to know about)

Application deadline is February 9, 2018. Only complete application packets will be reviewed at that time. A complete application packet includes the following: on-line application submission, transcripts, and three (3) letters of reference. Questions? Contact us at fger.jirp@gmail.com