Skidmore Student Storytelling Fellowship Application

Application deadline extended to April 1, 11:59pm EST.

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 *
Statements of Understanding
Are you available for the full dates of the program? *
Are you able to arrive in Juneau on June 13th and depart Juneau on August 11th?
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, 2019. 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 Fees *
The field fee for JIRP covers the following: FOOD: Two hot meals per day, trail lunch, and snacks. We fly food into the field regularly via helicopter. We support a variety of dietary restrictions, but please contact the Program Manager directly at if you have a severe food allergy. LODGING: We provide accommodations 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 temporary field camps. FUEL: All camps are equipped with generators for limited power and propane for cooking. Additionally, we support field work with gasoline-powered snow machines. TRANSPORTATION: We travel in and around Juneau by van and bus; on Lake Atlin by boat; from Atlin, BC to Skagway, AK by chartered bus; from Skagway to Juneau, AK by ferry. SAFETY TRAINING: All expedition participants receive 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 approximately 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 six credits of 400-level Earth science. FIELD NOTEBOOK: One Rite in the Rain field notebook. JIRP LOGO T-SHIRT: One very fashionable JIRP t-shirt. LOGISTICAL SUPPORT: Includes all communication via radio and satellite phone, delivery of food and supplies, and movement of short-term personnel to and from field camps. THE FIELD FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM JUNEAU: Juneau is accessible only by ferry or plane, there is no bus service. 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 2019. Limited rentals are available for large items (skis, boots, ice axes, crampons), and JIRP staff can provide advice on purchasing discounted and/or used gear. JIRP has limited scholarship opportunities for students. Please visit for more information and the Scholarship Application (due Jan. 4). We strongly encourage you to seek third-party funding through your home institution, friends and family, and independent scholarship funds. Please indicate your understanding of the program costs below:
Alcohol and Drug Policy and General Safety Policy *
The JIRP field season happens primarily in a dynamic glacier environment with real risk. 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:
Current year in school: *
Long Answer Questions
Please tell us why you would like to participate in JIRP as the Student Artist. 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, both as an expedition member and as an artist. How do you envision yourself best contributing to a positive and engaged group dynamic? Be as specific as possible.
Please tell us about your art practice and how it relates to JIRP, climate science, environmental studies, and/or scientific storytelling. How does your artwork intersect with these realms? What would you hope to to accomplish as an artist on the Icefield? Creative thought matters!
Please propose an art project you would like to work on while on the Icefield, and how this project might be an effective form of science communication/storytelling for JIRP.* (This is subject to change, we just want to get a feel for what you have in mind.) *Keep in mind that while JIRP may have some flexibility to help the student transport art supplies and materials on the Icefield, these materials need to be relatively compact and transportable because of logistical constraints.
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.
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.
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Additional Information
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, any extenuating circumstances you would like us to know about, etc.
Work Samples
Please submit... A PDF with 5-10 samples of relevant past work, including project descriptions. These could take the form of documentary videos, podcast clips, photos of artwork, writing samples, etc. This MUST be submitted in PDF form by the deadline and emailed to Include "Skidmore Student Storytelling Fellow - [your name]" as the subject line of the email. *
For video or audio, please either embed clips into the PDF and/or provide links to an online platform to view, such as Youtube or Vimeo.

Application deadline is extended to April 1, 11:59pm EST. Only complete application packets will be reviewed at that time. A complete application packet includes the following: on-line application submission and Work Samples. Questions? Contact us at