Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Apply soon!

January 26, 2021

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs at UCSC and UW are fully-funded programs for two summers for first or second year students. Launched by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013, DDCSP creates space for important conversations about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to the conservation and environmental fields. In this highly selective multi-year undergraduate research program, students:

  • Experience extraordinary places such as the Grand Canyon, the Cascade Mountains, the California coast, the Everglades, and the Great Lakes;
  • Conduct research with and be mentored by leading academics in the conservation field;
  • Build valuable research and leadership skills;
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of land, water, and wildlife conservation issues and challenges;
  • Are exposed to exciting career options in the conservation field;
  • Meet leading conservation thinkers and professionals of color;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the value of diversity;
  • Form lifelong bonds with peers from across the country; and
  • Become a part of a growing lifetime network of Scholars

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington integrates multiple academic disciplines and ways of knowing, from a variety of conservation practitioners, to support scholars in finding a conservation practice and career path that is right for them. Apply by February 1stEVST UW Doris Duke scholars include Lauren Kim ‘21 EVST (2018) and Sandra Amezcua Rocha ‘22 EVST (2019) .

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California-Santa Cruz  serves students with the highest potential to make sustained contributions as conservation innovators and leaders and to increase the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the conservation field. Apply by February 5th. EVST UCSC scholars include students Adriana Maciel Metal ‘22 EVST (2020), Isabella Rosado ‘22 EVST (2020), Max Teirstein ‘21 EVST (2018), and Ashia Ajani ‘19 EVST ’21 YSE (2017).  

UCSC Doris Duke Scholar Adriana Maciel Metal ‘22: “DDCSP helped me to improve my professional and academic skills as an aspiring community worker and researcher through research projects I conducted in my own neighborhood and nearby parks. I actually learned a surprising amount about working with data. However, the best aspect of this program has been how my DDCSP family has supported my personal growth. They met me where I was, personally and academically, and they worked with me to grow and improve. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program promised a loving and empowering community, and that is exactly what I have now. I’m looking forward to my second year with DDCSP, which involves an internship and (hopefully) living with my DDCSP family.”

Feel free to reach outo to Adriana or aother EVST Doris Duke Scholar with questions about their experience.