Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars are a diverse, committed and creative community of young professionals from around the country who aim to change the face, practice and future of conservation.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW)

Why does human diversity matter to biodiversity?

How does a changing climate affect you?

Is protecting the natural world your job? Could it be?

We’re looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8-week immersion course this summer.  Our program starts in Seattle and travels to various ExUrban (wildlands and rural) landscapes in Washington addressing urban conservation issues. Scholars don’t have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic – incipient change-makers.  Because the program is geared for students early in their college careers, we are only able to take freshmen and sophomores.  If you know of 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.

Conservation Scholars will:

  • Explore conservation of biodiversity across urban, managed, and protected environments
  • Connect biodiversity conservation to cultural heritage and environmental justice
  • Understand conservation in the context of food systems, water systems, climate systems and ecosystems
  • Network with conservation professionals from agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions

The Year 1 experience, Classroom in the Field, starts on June 19, 2016. 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. The following year scholars will join a Conservation Practice Team, where they will be paired up with conservation professionals and academics for an 8-week team internship.  Like the year prior, they will receive the stipend and travel/housing support.

You can learn more about the program at

Our application will go live on November 16, 2015.   Please let us know at if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a time to talk with us.


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