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University of Washington Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a diverse, committed, and creative community from around the country that aims to change the face and future of conservation.

Program Details

- Two-summer program (June-August) and academic year support

- Stipend of $4,600 each summer

- All expenses paid (travel, food, lodging)

- Professional development and internship opportunities

What we do:

We support emerging conservation scholars in developing innovative perspectives and skills by providing opportunities to explore nature conservation and its relationship to environmental justice in both urban and rural contexts. We apply critical analysis to human interactions with each other and the rest of the natural world to help scholars find a conservation practice and career path that is right for them.

Who we're looking for:

We are looking for 20 early-undergraduates who reflect cross-cultural perspectives with an emphasis on students from historically excluded groups in the conservation field. While all applicants should be interested in a potential career in conservation, applicants do not need to be natural-science majors. We are looking for students interested in nature and wildlife conservation from any majors. We create cohorts of students with a wide range of interests, experiences, and perspectives, asking only that they demonstrate a commitment to conservation and equity, and are curious, creative and enthusiastic!

First Summer: 8-week Hybrid Field Immersion- Our eight week program has been updated to include both an online and in-person component. In June, our program will be delivered synchronously via an online distance learning model. Scholars will arrive in Seattle the first week of July, and complete the remaining six weeks of our field immersion programming.

Once in Washington, scholars engage with conservation practice across a range of ecological landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. The first summer is designed to expose scholars to a wide range of conservation issues, the complex physical and cultural landscapes that conservation solutions emerge from. We critically analyze the intersections of nature conservation, cultural identities, and environmental justice.

Second Summer: 10-week Internship Experience- The second summer is an opportunity for scholars to deepen skills, knowledge, and networks within the conservation practice. Scholars will design and implement a collaborative internship project with conservation professionals.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Washington (Lead)

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

Environmental Justice
Under-Represented Minorities
Urban Ecology
Wildlife Biology
Wildlife Management
Wildlife Management

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