Student Opportunities

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

UC Santa Cruz

We are looking for your help finding emerging conservation leaders!

Applications for the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) are available today through February 1st. We would like to enlist your help reaching prospective Scholars using the attached materials, social media posts, websites, and invitations to webinars. Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.

Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program focused on the summers between academic years. Each summer Scholars receive a $4,400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.

During the first year, Scholars participate in an eight-week, immersive field course on conservation practice, leadership, and ecological research while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors through California.* During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations, labs, and agencies. A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years, we work with ‘home mentors’ at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. We mentor Scholars well past program completion as alumni, and they join a nationwide alumni network for peer support and professional networking.

Learn more about the application process at the link provided.

Application Deadline:

02/01/2021