Teachers on Ice

Thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Students on Ice Foundation is pleased to offer five fully funded positions for secondary level science teachers from across Canada to join the Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition.

The goal of the Teachers on Ice Scholarship Program is to recognize science educators in Canada who:

  • Share the Students on Ice mission of inspiring, engaging and educating youth;
  • Demonstrate a holistic approach to teaching and learning in their current science classroom(s); and
  • Empower students to be active and positive agents of change in their home communities and beyond.

Selected teachers will be provided a professional development opportunity that offers a new level of scientific awareness through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and experiential context situated in the Canadian and Greenlandic North. In turn, such an opportunity impacts not only participating teachers’ professional growth, but also that of their current and future students, colleagues and the broader personal and professional communities in which they are part.

Teachers on Ice scholarship recipients will engage in all programming aspects of the expedition and will serve as expedition staff members with assigned student support responsibilities, along with other optional program responsibilities. Once accepted, all of these additional options will be shared as part of registration.

Deadline: Applications must be received by April 24th, 2018 by 11:59pm EST. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. *Note that you can save your application and return to it any time prior to the deadline.



To be eligible for a Teachers on Ice scholarship, you must…

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be working in a formal education environment at the time of their application through to the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year and be returning for the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Be currently teaching secondary level science; and
  • Agree to a two-year leadership commitment with the Students on Ice Foundation’s education team. During this time, teachers will be asked to complete several deliverables related to their Teachers on Ice experience including: (a) delivering one professional development workshop for other educators based on their expedition experience; (b) at least one blog post to be posted on the SOI website; and (c) at least one lesson plan/learning module to be implemented with your science students that incorporates learning and critical insights gained from the expedition experience.

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • a demonstrated understanding of science literacy and ability to teach about critical and complex issues current in the world; and
  • a demonstrated willingness, ability, passion, creativity and vision to apply this experience in a transformational way with the aim to positively impact current/future students, colleagues and local community.


CMN Scientist Paul Sokoloff introduces Arctic cotton to student (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation
CMN Scientist Paul Sokoloff introduces Arctic cotton to student (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation
Student studies phytoplankton under a microscope (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation
Student studies phytoplankton under a microscope (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation

Additional Details

This opportunity covers the expedition fee of $12,900 CAD. The expedition fee includes all general expenses (accommodations, travel, meals, and programming) during the expedition starting from your arrival in Ottawa.

Scholarship recipients will be responsible for travel arrangements and costs to and from the gateway city of Ottawa. Scholarship recipients are also responsible for personal travel insurance and medical insurance (which is mandatory for participation)

Selection & Announcements
All applicants will be notified in May of the selection panel’s decision. A formal announcement of the 2018 Teachers on Ice scholarship recipients will be released on the Students on Ice Foundation website in June 2018.

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