A grant from the National Science Foundation funds high school students for educational science expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in the NATURAL SCIENCES, a passion for LEARNING, a sense of ADVENTURE, and openness to other CULTURES.


The 3-week JSEP expedition typically begins in late June and runs into July. We are unable to give specific dates because the flight schedule to Greenland is not set until the spring.

The 2-week JASE expedition takes place during December, January, or February based on Antarctic logistic support on King George Island.

Requirements and Eligibility

Cost: Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Students must have or be able to get a passport and provide regular clothing and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Extreme Cold Weather Gear for use at Summit in Greenland and on King George Island is issued in the field by the program.

Grade level:

JSEP: We accept applications from high school students in their junior year (11th grade) at time of application, for participation during the summer between their junior and senior year.

JASE: Students are eligible to apply for JASE during their sophomore (10th grade) or junior (11th grade) year. Sophomore applicants would participate during the winter of their junior year, and junior applicants would participate during the winter of their senior year.

The application for both programs (see below) is open during the winter (approximately December through January) before each JSEP (following summer) and JASE (following winter) expedition. We will not make any exceptions for students who are not in 10th (JASE only) or 11th (JSEP and JASE) grade at the time of application.

Passport: 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.

Language: The JSEP program is run in English but the JASE program is in Spanish, so all JASE participants must be fluent in Spanish.

Health: Students are required to be in good physical health because of remote travel and hiking in rugged terrain. For JASE, you must complete the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Physical Qualification (PQ) Process. This is managed by the U.S. Antarctic Program and is a strict requirement. You will need to fill out forms with your medical history, visit your doctor and dentist, and have additional lab work and testing. Dartmouth will reimburse you for any costs not covered by your health and dental insurance.

Meals: Food choices in the polar regions 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 or Antarctica.

Outreach Project: Students who are selected for JSEP and JASE are among very few people in the world who have the opportunity to travel to these locations. 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 or JASE.


The application for JSEP 2018 and JASE 2018-19 will be open from December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.

Please check your eligibility and read the instructions below before opening the online application.

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 the Word 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 the PDF version for reference.)


A panel of distinguished STEM educators and scientists review all applications and select five students for the JSEP team and four students for the JASE team. Each applicant will be notified of their application selection status by the end of March 2018.

If you have questions about the application process or JSEP/JASE in general, please contact Dr. Lauren Culler or call (603) 646-8265.



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