The total cost for the 2019 Expedition will be $9100 for non-Alaskan students and $7460 for Alaskan students. For all students, this includes tuition for six upper division Earth and environmental science credits through either the University of Maine (for non-Alaskan students) or the University of Alaska Southeast (for Alaskan students). It also includes a $7342 field fee, for all students, paid directly to JIRP and its funding partner, the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research (FGER). This field fee covers a portion of the costs of operating on the Icefield for six weeks. Operating costs include food, fuel, helicopter support, and upkeep of scientific equipment and field infrastructure. We do everything in our power to keep this field fee as low as possible, including relying on over 40,000 volunteer hours per year from faculty and staff to make the field season run productively.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Juneau, by either ferry or plane (there is no bus transportation into Juneau). Participants are also responsible for their personal equipment. This equipment, detailed below, includes field clothing, backpack, sleeping bag, crampons, ice axe, and cross country skis and boots. We strongly encourage students to investigate funding options available from their home institutions, outside organizations such as Rotary, and assistance from family or friends. We are working on options for students to apply existing financial aid (through their home institutions) to both tuition and the JIRP field fee. We invite students interested in this option to contact Program Manager Annie Boucher at


JIRP Scholarships

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 2019 program. These scholarship are awarded without regard for academic enrollment or citizenship, so they are available to students between schools and international students.

To apply for financial aid from the Joan W. Miller Scholarship Fund, please submit the JIRP Scholarship Application, due January 4th, 2019. Decisions about financial aid will be delivered concurrently with application decisions for accepted students so these students can make a fully informed decision about enrollment.

Other funding options

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: 

National Ass. Geosciences Teachers Field Studies Scholarships: Awards of $750 for field based courses or camps. Due Feb. 14.

Geological Society of America Field Camp Scholar Award: Scholarships of $2000; applications accepted early March - April 16th

Explorer's Club Expedition Grants: Grants of $500 - $5000 (average award is $1500). *Deadline is November 5. Useful for anyone intending to apply to JIRP in 2020* Listing of scholarships for Earth Science students

Travel Access Project Gap Year Grants: Up to $3000 for Gap Year students of all stripes. Due March 31.



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