Semester in the Arctic

Iḷisaġvik College is offering a semester‐long, fully funded educational experience in Barrow, Alaska, for up to five students. As a college with a small student body, our goal is to provide a culturally rich learning experience for visiting indigenous students while creating an exchange that will be thought‐provoking for our students and possibly stir their interest in future visits to another Tribal College. The expectation, while at Iḷisaġvik, is that students enroll in 15 credits, 9 general transfer credits that are intended to count towards other programs and 6 credits in arctic‐themed coursework that would best count as electives. For students currently enrolled in another college, we would work with their advisors to ensure alignment of these classes as much as possible.

We hope to attract students who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Alaska Native/American Indian
  • Willing to relocate for the spring semester (January – April)
  • If currently attending college, good academic standing (2.5 or higher)
  • If not currently attending college, completion of high school diploma
    w/3.0 GPA or higher
  • Note: No accommodations for families are available at this time

The Semester in the Arctic Scholarship is intended to provided Native American students in the lower 48 and Alaska Natives off the North Slope with a semester in the unique environment of the arctic. Students will see for themselves some of the unique features of life here in the far North and learn some things about Iñupiaq customs and values. Iḷisaġvik College also offers a number of courses in conventional academic topics, thus enabling students to satisfy some of their general educational requirements for college while exploring some of the more unique topics available here at Alaska’s only tribal college.
Through this scholarship, we are hoping to attract a small cohort of Native American students from outside the North Slope. We look forward to the chance to share the traditions of our own community with successful applicants as well as to provide our own students, staff, and faculty with a chance to learn from our guests.
This would be a particularly unique opportunity for anyone interested in Iñupiat culture, life in the arctic, and/or climate change.

Please encourage those who might be interested in learning more to email us at The attached application should be submitted to the same email address above. For an application to receive full consideration, the deadline to submit is December 15, 2017.

Forms & Information

Application Packet (.PDF download)