Are you an early career polar scientist needing to gain experience requesting, planning, and executing large-scale vessel surveys in the Arctic? If so, please consider applying for the 2024 “Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee/University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (AICC/UNOLS) Arctic Chief Scientist Training Cruise” program.

This program involves a series of informational and pre-cruise planning meetings that will be held virtually from March through June 2024, a 2-day pre-cruise orientation meeting just prior to the cruise, and a 10-15 day Northwest Passage transit onboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Healy in August 2024.

This program provides opportunities to develop skills in cruise leadership, cruise coordination on a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, and international collaborations and permitting. As a cruise of opportunity, there is potential to augment planned scientific sampling in the spheres of seafloor and ocean mapping (including seabed and subsurface data collection), water chemistry, meteorological measurements, hydrographic surveying, sea-ice sampling, and some types of biological sampling. Mentorship will be provided by oceanographers, UNOLS technical staff, indigenous community representatives, U.S. Coast Guard Officers, and other members of the international research community participating in this cruise.

Participant costs (including travel from within the U.S. from within the U.S.) will be covered by the anticipated National Science Foundation (NSF) award and small participant stipends are offered for research supplies and shipping. Some assistance may also be available to support participants who may face hardships in taking time away from work. The program is open to current U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. residents employed at a domestic institution, who are eligible to apply for U.S. federal research grants (or will soon be eligible). Participants must have a current, valid passport that will not expire before February 2025.