Program Application

Applications for Polar STEAM are open

Polar STEAM recruits Educators, Researchers, and Artists & Writers annually. The selected Fellows will then collaborate as a cohort over the course of a year.

  • Key information to know before you apply:
    • Applications close August 4, 2024  at 11:59pm Pacific Time
    • Educators in the following areas are welcome to apply:
      • Educators across all subject areas.
      • Informal educators who work in science education settings such as museums and science centers. 
      • Faculty from community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions. 
      • Middle and High school educators.
    • Virtual and field collaborations are available
    •  Before you apply, please read the FAQs.
    • Educators are strongly encouraged to attend the informational webinar on June 6, 2024 at 3:30pm Pacific Time or view the recording of the webinar. Register here for the webinar.
    • Application questions can be previewed here.
    • Applications must be submitted through the application portal, InfoReady, below. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
    • Please reach out to [email protected] with questions.
    • To stay connected and receive updates about future opportunities, join our email list and follow us on social media @polarsteamteam.

Submit your Educator Application here

Key information to know before you apply:

  • Polar STEAM is a partner in your broader impacts work and facilitates collaborations between educators, artists, & writers and polar researchers.  Virtual and field collaborations are available.
  • Applications are open for the following polar seasons:
    • Arctic field research, boreal summer 2025  
    • Antarctic field research, austral summer 2025/26
    • Virtual collaborations, Arctic and Antarctic, 2025/26
  • Polar STEAM welcomes applications from NSF-funded polar researchers across a wide spectrum of research disciplines including social sciences.
  • Before you apply, please read the FAQs.
  • Ensure the research team is fully apprised of this application and designate one researcher on the team as the primary point of contact with Polar STEAM.
  • Researchers are strongly encouraged to view the recording of the webinar. 
  • Application questions can be previewed here. 
  • Applications must be submitted through the application portal, InfoReady, below.  Emailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Questions prior to submitting an application?  Researchers can request at 20-minute consultation with the team via Zoom or send questions by email to [email protected].
  • To stay connected and receive updates about future opportunities, join our email list and follow us on social media @polarsteamteam.

Submit your Researcher Application

May 2024 update: 

  • The US Antarctic Program has experienced significant delays in recent years due to COVID restrictions and the ongoing construction and modernization project.  The U.S. National Science Foundation released an update on Science Support and Infrastructure in Antarctica on April 1, 2024.  This statement provides an update to NSF-funded programs (including Polar STEAM) on the status of supporting projects in Antarctica.  While there continues to be a backlog and restrictions on space, the NSF is prioritizing support for projects already funded while also issuing a hiatus on any new proposals.
  • Therefore, Polar STEAM will not issue an open call for the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program for 2025/26. This mirrors the NSF’s practice of deferring currently funded science to address the Antarctic backlog.  Polar STEAM has invited some candidates from the 2024/25 pool of applicants to renew their candidacy for available slots in the 2025/26 season.  See below for instructions on how to check your application status.
  • Polar STEAM, similar to many other projects, received fewer slots for the 2024/25 season than originally anticipated.  To accommodate for these changes, Polar STEAM will use the strategy outlined above and draw from the significant number of excellent proposals submitted in 2024/25 to fill the slots provided by the NSF in 2025/26. 
  • Applicants can check their status in the following ways: 
    • An application status email has been sent to all 2024/25 applicants.  Please note – this email will come from PRAx and Submittable with the subject line “Polar STEAM update”.
    • Applicants can also find their status by logging in to Submittable, click on the application, and then select the messages tab.  The program is unable to respond to messages or provide further detail by email. 
  • For those invited to renew their applications, please complete this process by May 31, 2024.  Please be aware that the selection process will not take place until fall 2024, or once we have received notification from the NSF regarding available slots. 
  • We understand this may be disappointing.  We encourage you to stay connected through social media @polarsteamteam and through our email list.  We look forward to announcing future opportunities. 

Polar STEAM is an inclusive program that views our differences with curiosity and invests in diversity.  Polar STEAM seeks to broaden our reach and elevate voices historically underrepresented in polar sciences.