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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of California Santa Cruz

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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz is currently accepting application for its summer program. Each winter we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Our goal is to serve students from all backgrounds, including groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation and across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water. We admit college freshmen and sophomores, at a stage when we 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 professional network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars.

For more information, questions, and application visit our website or email our program director.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 2/1/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Santa Cruz (Lead)
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Plant Sciences

Environmental Biology
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy
Global Change
Social Justice

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