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The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore

Since 2014, The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University has been preparing 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students to become the next generation of diverse environmental professionals in a more inclusive conservation movement. This two-year, trans-disciplinary program creates a community of learning and support as scholars explore the intersection of conservation science, traditional knowledge, policy, advocacy, and management.


- $8000 stipend over 2 years, and all travel and housing costs covered.

- 3 NAU credits each summer, tuition waived.

- Community of 20 diverse scholars from across the country.

- Immersive, experiential learning in the Grand Canyon region.

- Nationwide internship experiences.

- Exposure to career options and leading conservation professionals.

- Access to the nationwide network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars.

Program Description

1st Summer Immersion Program

You will spend 8 weeks with 19 other scholars exploring the biologically and culturally diverse Grand Canyon region while developing knowledge and skills in large landscape conservation, leadership, and communication.

Winter Retreats

Each January you will reconnect for a weeklong retreat featuring workshops led by conservation professionals on personal growth, career development, solution-oriented approaches to conservation, and communication and networking.

2nd Summer Research Internship

You will work in pairs on an 8-week research internship designed around individual interests with one of our partnering non-profit, academic, and government entities nationwide

Academic Year Support

Students will engage in online, monthly meetings during the academic year and receive one-on-one phone mentoring with DDCSP NAU staff.

Compensation and Perks

During the 2-year program the program will pay for all of your travel, meals, and lodging. Students will receive a $4000 stipend and NAU credits each summer.


Doris Duke Conservation Scholars are U.S. citizens or DACA recipients enrolled at colleges or universities in the United States or its territories. Applicants enrolled at four-year colleges or universities must be in their 1st or 2nd year, or have at least two years remaining. Students enrolled at two-year community and tribal colleges with intentions to transfer to a four-year institution are also eligible to apply. Please contact our leadership team if you have any questions about eligibility. The program is open to students from any major.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. The foundation's Environment Program seeks to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments.

Participating Institution(s):
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Northern Arizona University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems

Social Justice

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Page last updated 4/18/2019
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