Field Fees and Financial Support



There is a field fee for the 2019 Expedition will be between $7425 and $9100, to be decided in the coming weeks based on evolving academic affiliation of the program. This field fee covers the costs of the eight-week field season. Included in this fee are housing, academic credit (6 upper-division Environmental Science credits sponsored through either the University of Alaska Southeast or the University of Maine), scientific equipment, food and fuel costs,  and transportation in and around Juneau, AK and Atlin, BC. 

Participants are responsible for their own 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. At this time, JIRP is not part of a university or college so federal student loans can not be used for the field fee. We are working to ameliorate this, and 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 full and 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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