JSEP Application

The JSEP application* for U.S. students is now open. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2021. 


This is a google form that you have to fill in all at once. You will be unable to save your work and finish it later. Please use this template to prepare your application so you will have your answers ready to copy and paste into the google form.

*Before applying, please carefully read the Requirements & Eligibility below. A selection committee composed of Dartmouth faculty and teachers will review all applications and select five students for the expedition. The selected students for the field-based JSEP 2021 program* will be notified by the end of March. The tentative time-frame for JSEP is the last week of June and first two weeks of July. Exact dates will be determined in spring.

*We are planning for a field-based JSEP program in 2021, however, if COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place, we will plan a remote version similar to JSEP 2020. In that case, we will be able to offer the experience to more than 5 students.*

If you have any questions about JSEP, please contact Lauren Culler.

Requirements & Eligibility

Program Costs

Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Students must provide regular clothing and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Extreme Cold Weather Gear for use at Summit Station in Greenland is issued in the field by the program.

Grade Level

We accept applications from high school students who are currently in their junior year (11th grade) at time of application, for participation during the summer between their junior and senior year. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


All students must have or be able to obtain a U.S. passport before the expedition. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expedition.


The JSEP program is run in English but students will have the chance to learn some Danish and Kalaallisut (Greenlandic) from the other students during the program.


Students should be prepared and cleared by their doctor for remote travel and hiking in rugged terrain. Food choices in Greenland are limited. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not always available, and certain dietary restrictions may be difficult or impossible to accommodate. For example, there may occasionally be vegetarian or gluten-free options available, but they are not guaranteed. Please carefully consider this information in making your decision about whether you can safely deploy to Greenland.

Outreach Project

Students who are selected for JSEP are among very few people in the world who have the opportunity to travel to Greenland. As such, we expect that each participating student will share their experience with their school or community after they return from the expedition. We recommend that you discuss some ideas for this project with a teacher or mentor. As part of your application, you will be expected to describe a project that you would complete if you participate in JSEP.

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