Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Basic information

The goal of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is to diversify the conservation workforce by finding and developing the next generation of land, water, and wildlife professionals among traditionally underrepresented groups. Doris Duke Scholars are eager to be immersed in an experiential learning program that incorporates diversity and inclusion into their understanding of conservation practices. Doris Duke Scholars are committed to becoming a part of and changing the conservation arena, bringing new ways of looking at, understanding, and protecting the earth's land, water and wildlife.

Program Mission DDCSP UM — DDCSP UM

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP UM) seeks to increase diversity in the conservation workforce by recruiting, engaging, and inspiring diverse cohorts of 20 undergraduate scholars each year for a two-year research and experiential immersion program that incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into their understanding of conservation practices.

  • Each summer participants will receive$4,000 stipend, room and board; plus $250 discretionary supplement

  • 8 week conservation research and internship experience
  • Orientation week at the University of Michigan's historic Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan
  • Weekly discussions centered on diversity, equity, and conservation issues
  • Meet with conservation professionals
  • Engage with mentors
  • Field trips in and around Michigan
  • Living in a Learning Community on campus
  • Program Dates: 6/5/2016-7/30/2016 and June-July 2017.


Each summer participants will receive: $4,000 stipend, room and board; plus $250 discretionary supplement


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Wednesday February 8, 2017.

Program Mission DDCSP UM — DDCSP UM

Who we are looking for...

DDCSP at UM is looking for the future pioneers in the changing field of conservation. We want to support students who have leadership and academic potential and who are also committed to diversifying the field of conservation; those who think broadly beyond traditional conservation and have the ability to work across difference.  

Members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups, including: first generation college students, veterans, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA/DREAMers (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). International students are ineligible.

Have a minimum of 2.75 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale

Be 18 years of age at the start of the program

This program is intended for currently enrolled undergraduate students early in their academic careers, so we prioritize students who are currently freshmen and sophomores. Graduating seniors in 2016 are not eligible to apply.

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