Students on Ice - 2015 Arctic Expedition

Students on Ice (SOI) is an award-winning and globally unique educational program. Since 1999, SOI has taken more than 2,500 students, educators, elders, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from 52 countries around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. SOI believe the Polar Regions are the world’s greatest classrooms. They are the cornerstones of the global ecosystem and tremendous platforms for education in history, culture, science, political, social and environmental issues. The expeditions are inspiring and life-altering for the students involved. The expeditions represent once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world, to gain a global perspective of the Arctic, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.  One of the key goals of the pioneering project is to “pass the torch” and give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our Planet, and the inspiration, knowledge and motivation to protect it. 

Since 2015 , YPASM has established partnership with SOI Foundation to provide slots for Malaysian teachers and students to participate in this life changing expedition.


  • Be a Malaysian citizen, and currently living and studying in Malaysia.
  • Must be a student between 14-18 years old (preferably 16 years old) at the time of application, enrolled in a secondary or post--‐secondary institution (or be home-‐schooled) at the time of application. Preference will be given for science students.
  • Student must demonstrate an interest in issues relating to the Polar Regions and must understand that this is an educational expedition, not a vacation. All students must be committed to participate fully in all aspects of the mandatory education program and research activities prior to and during the expedition.
  • Student must demonstrate some or all of the following qualities: strong academic ability and/or passion for learning; ability to communicate in English both speaking and writing, leadership qualities and/or potential to develop these qualities; active involvement in the community and co-curriculum; and a desire to make a difference and act as a role model for other young people in the community.
  • Act as an ambassador for your community or educational institution and be prepared to share your experience on SOI with your community before, during and after the expedition. Students will be expected to be available for media interviews and to submit journal entries for the SOI Expedition Website and other blogs.


 1. Selection Process (Polar Science Camp),  15-16 March 2015   

2. Sponsors of Arctic Expedition 2015 
3. Announcements of Selected Students and Teachers in conjunction with NICE Award Night, 29 May 2015 
4. Report of the Expedition 
5. Feedback from Teachers and Students 
6. SOI 2015 In Media 
7. Post Programme (Sharing session with community and friends)


Berth Support to Antarctica

1. Background
YPASM is introducing Berth Support to Antarctica to encourage Malaysian researchers to conduct their research activities in Antarctica through collaborations with any SCAR member countries during 2018/2019 Antarctic summer season. 

2. Purpose of the Call

  • YPASM seeks for application from Malaysian researchers to undertake field work at any of their collaborator’s research stations in Antarctica for the 2018/2019 Antarctic summer season. 
  • The application is ONLY open to all Malaysian researchers from universities participating in the YPASM Smart Partnership Initiative, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),  Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and International Medical University (IMU).  

3.  Offer details
YPASM will provide up to RM55,000.00 to fund the cost of field work including following categories;

  • Return economy-class airfare from Kuala Lumpur to the collaborator’s country and/or any departure points to Antarctica;
  • Subsistence expenses;
  • Freight costs; and
  • Rental of polar clothing for field use.

4. Application
Applicants should complete and submit the following:

  • Application Form with detailed budget;
  • Project Proposal;
  • Cover Note and Acceptance Letter– Collaborator’s Agreement to host the applicant in Antarctica; and
  • CV of applicant.

5. Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must already identified collaborator(s) and research stations in Antarctica
  • Priority will be given to applicants having research projects with secured placement in collaborator’s research station in Antarctica.
  • Field work must be committed during 2018/2019 Antarctic summer season only.

6. Enquiries
For any inquiries, kindly contact Mr. Hafiz /Mrs. Intan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03-2691 0651).

How to apply? 

Application Form     
Cover Note  



1. 2013/2014 Click here for details     

  • Yew Wen Chyin, UM - Report
  • Yogabanu Ullaganathan, UM - Report                              

2.    2014/2015 | Click here for details  

  • Dr Chan Kok Keong, IMU - Report
  • Yogabanu Ullaganathan, UM - Report                                     

3.   2015/2016 | Click here for details

  • Dr Japareng Lalung, USM - Report
  • Shoba Mary Thomas,UM - Report 

4.   2016/2017 | Click here for details

  • Shoba Mary Thomas
  • Dr. Siti Aqlima Ahmad 

5.   2017/2018 | No recipient       


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