Thursday, December 8, 2016

Applications now open!
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program ( at the University of California Santa Cruz are open!  Each winter the program selects 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Their goal is to serve students from all backgrounds, including groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water. They admit college freshmen and sophomores, at a stage when they can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.

During the first year, Scholars participate on an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week conservation practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. Students are matched with mentors at home institutions and interact with the Program staff during the school year, through ongoing communications and a winter professional development retreat. Scholars’ expenses are covered during their participation in the program, and they receive a $4000 stipend each summer. Scholars also become part of a national, lifelong network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars. 

Applications for the 2017 class of Scholars are available on their website and are due February 12, 2017. For more information, questions, and application visit their website at (  You may also email their program director, Dr. Justin Cummings, at