Program and Application Details


*Applications for the 2017 field season will open end of December 2016*



The 2017 field season will be from June 23rd to August 18th. 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).

The 2016 syllabus and course description includes additional information and is available here. 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 $6425, 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.

Please review the 2016 equipment list that outlines, in great detail, what will be acceptable for use on the icefield. 


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 has been able to award several partial scholarships to students participating in our 2016 program. Additionally, JIRP and the University of Alaska Southeast has been able to offer one full scholarship to a degree-seeking UAS student to participate in the upcoming field season. We are very thankful for the critical financial support of our partners and individual donors.

No additional scholarship funds are available from JIRP at this time. 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 2017* Listing of scholarships for Earth Science students



Contents of Application

Your 2017 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: The Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research
4616 25th Avenue NE., PMB 302
Seattle, WA 98105


Direct questions or comments to:


The Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research
4616 25th Avenue NE., PMB 302
Seattle, WA 98105