Joint Antarctic School Expedition

Through a grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, the National Science Foundation supports two opportunities for U.S. high school students to travel to the polar regions and participate in hands-on and inquiry-based science activities. The Joint Antarctic School Expedition takes students to Antarctica and the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) takes students to Greenland. 

King George Island Antarctica

Students and teacher visit King George Island to learn about the scientific research conducted in and around Escudero base. 

The Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) is a program co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Chilean Antarctic Institute, a major research base supported by the government of Chile. They have generously invited U.S. high school students to join a team of high school students from Chile for a week of hands-on learning at Escudero Station on King George Island, Antarctica.

Program Overview

During January or February of each year, a team of U.S. high school students and teachers will travel to Antarctica via Punta Arenas, Chile, where they will join a group of Chilean high school students, teachers, and scientists for an exciting week of hands-on science on King George Island. Students participate in a number of activities, such as tours of Antarctic science facilities, studies of animal behavior at marine habitats, vegetation surveys at glacial margins, and glaciological studies.

Read about the JASE 2016 program.


Applications for JASE 2018 are now closed. Please read the instructions below before opening the online application. 

A grant from the National Science Foundation funds four U.S. high school students for a 1-2 week trip to Chile and Antarctica in January or February of the program year. (See a list of past participants.)


  • Applicants must be in 11th grade at the time of application and the subsequent selection process.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 
  • Students must be available to travel in January or February of the program year. 
  • The JASE program is offered in Spanish, so Spanish language proficiency is a must for participation in the program. 


You will not be able to save a partially completed application and finish it later. In order to submit the application, you must complete all the answers. If you close a partially completed application, your answers will be lost. To facilitate completing the online application, please download this Word document template to fill in your answers, and then copy and paste your proofread answers into the online form when you are ready. We will not accept Word documents sent by e-mail as an application. (If you cannot open the Word document, download this PDF version for reference.)

A panel of distinguished STEM educators and scientists review all applications and select four students to represent the US team. Each applicant will be notified of his/her selection status by the end of March 2016. 



Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided to participants. Students must provide regular clothing, including a sturdy pair of hiking boots/shoes. Extreme cold weather outerwear is supplied by the program during travel to King George Island.

Participants must have a current passport that is valid for at least six months after their return. 

If you have questions about the application process or JASE, please email [email protected] or call (603) 646-8265. 

Read about an Austin, Texas, student on the 2016 expedition. 

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