The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (Apply now for 2017)

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The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at The University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort!

About the Program

DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.

A primary goal of the program is to expand what it means to be a “conservation professional”. By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging scholars as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to become a conservation change-maker.  What does this mean? Watch this video!

The first year experience begins in Seattle and travels through various cultural and ecological landscapes in Washington, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Salish Sea and across the Cascade Mountains into the Yakima Valley, learning about emerging and ongoing issues in conservation along the way. Read more about the first year “Classroom in the Field” here.


**Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($500/week).

Who can apply?

We’re looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8-week conservation immersion course.  (*If you know of an upper-level undergraduate student, please read about other opportunities for them at the end of this email).

Scholars can be from any and all majors (including “undecided”). In fact, we’re specifically looking for a broad mix of students with varying interests, skills and perspectives who demonstrate a commitment to the environment, equity and inclusion and are curious, creative and enthusiastic. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have DACA status granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  (For more on DACA, refer to this link).

** DDCSP@UW seeks to form and support a community of scholars who are representative of various cross-cultural backgrounds and perspectives that span across class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Learn more and APPLY here!

Timeline:

  • Application opens: November 14, 2016
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Notified: Early March
  • Program begins: June 19, 2017 (Travel day June 18th)
  • Program ends: August 11, 2017 (Travel August 12th)

*If you know an upper-level undergraduate student or a beginning graduate student looking for an internship, please direct them to the George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change, a program sponsored by the UW College of the Environment and the National Park Service.

* There are a total of five DDCSP programs nationally.  See information on other sites here.