Program and Application Details


*The 2018 field season will run from June 20th to August 17th.*


Some experience in living under adverse wilderness conditions is recommended. All participants are instructed in techniques of safe travel, and group expeditionary living in physically hostile arctic and mountain environments. Experience skiing is not required, and many participants have completed the ski traverse of the icefield having never before skied; however, a decent level of physical fitness is required given the regular amount of hiking and skiing participants engage in plus the longer 1 to 2-day traverses between camps (accomplished while carrying a heavy pack).

Questions can be directed to or 907-500-8913.



Students cover transportation to and from Juneau, plus personal gear (which includes, but is not limited to: field clothing, backpack, sleeping bag, ice axe, and cross country skis.)

There is a basic field fee of $7425, which covers costs of the 8-week field season; including housing, academic credit (6 upper-division Environmental Science credits sponsored through the University of Alaska Southeast), scientific equipment, food and fuel costs,  and transportation, in and around Juneau, AK and Atlin, BC. 

Airline transportation to and from Juneau, along with personal gear are in addition the field fee. We strongly encourage students to investigate funding options available from their home institutions, outside organizations such as Rotary and the like, along with assistance from family or friends. JIRP is not part of a university or college so federal student loans can not be used for the field fee.



Crossing the Juneau Icefield requires the use of specialized outdoor equipment, including skis, ice axes, crampons, backpacks and appropriate outdoor clothing. JIRP requires that students, staff, and faculty all come prepared with specific gear appropriate for the conditions they will encounter on the icefield.

The 2017 equipment list outlines, in great detail, what will be acceptable for use on the icefield. We will make minor updates later in the winter for the 2018 season, but this gives a good idea of what to expect.


All students will ski across the Juneau Icefield into Canada and will re-enter the United States for their flight home from Juneau. Therefore, all participants must have a valid passport with an expiration date no earlier than December 31 of the year of your participation. If you do not yet have a passport, or if your current passport expires before December 31st, you must get a new passport or renew your current passport. Students must have their valid passport with them upon arrival in Juneau at the start of the program.



Thanks to the generous donations of individuals who have contributed to the Joan W. Miller Scholarship Fund, JIRP expects to award several partial scholarships to students participating in our 2018 program. To apply for funding, please submit the Scholarship Application after you have submitted your Academic Application. Scholarship Applications are due February 9, 2018. We are very thankful for the critical financial support of our partners and individual donors.

Students are strongly encouraged to inquire about funding from their home institutions and other community organizations. The following information may be helpful in starting an online search for scholarship awards: of possible funding sources Scholarships of $750 for field based courses or camps  Scholarships of $2000; applications accepted early March - April 16th Grants of $500 - $5000 (average award is $1500). *Deadline is October. Useful for anyone intending to apply to JIRP in 2019* Listing of scholarships for Earth Science students




Contents of Application

Your 2018 application packet must include:                  

1. Online application

2. Academic transcripts

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (two from professors/instructors at your high school, college or university and one from a person in your community) regarding your achievements, scientific potential and ability to get along with others in an expedition environment

Submit your transcripts and recommendation letters to:



POST: Juneau Icefield Research Program
            P.O. Box 35054
            Juneau, AK 99803


Direct questions or comments to:


Juneau Icefield Research Program
P.O. Box 35054
Juneau, AK 99803


Juneau Icefield research facilities use:

The Juneau Icefield Research Program invites researchers and educators interested in using FGER’s icefield facilities to contact Executive Director, Erin Whitney at or

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