Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program




The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) serves to strengthen the conservation profession by inspiring and educating undergraduate students from across the country who can make significant contributions to broadening the field of conservation. The two-year program creates opportunities for Doris Duke scholars to study conservation issues, participate in land, water, and wildlife conservation research, and intern with conservation projects at environmental non-profits, research universities, and government agencies nationwide.

The DDCSP is administered by five universities: Northern Arizona University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Florida, University of Michigan, and University of Washington.  With the exception of University of Florida, the program is open to students nationwide.


Over the course of the program's two years, Scholars receive numerous benefits:

  • Summer 1 - immersion program and internships
  • Summer 2 - summer research internships
  • Winter Workshops - career development workshops each January
  • Monthly - virtual mentoring meetings

In addition, Scholars receive $500/week during the summer, and all program-related travel is covered.

Eligibility criteria

The program is open to first- and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for conservation.  Scholars are US citizens or "dreamers" in any major.

Award requirements

Recipients are expected to participate in all program activities, including the two summer internships.

Application Process

Applications are made directly to the university hosting the DDCSP.  Refer to the general DDCSP link for links to the various university programs.

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  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Research Support
  • Summer Opportunities


  • Environment and Sustainability

Eligible applicants

  • First-year Undergrads
  • Second-year Undergrads


  • Historically Excluded/Underrepresented

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • DACA/Dreamer
  • International Student (non-US citizen)

ASU Nomination required

  • No