UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Applications are Now Available
Applications for the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) are available today through February 1, 2021. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UCSC exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training.
Each year, they select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. Students represent a diverse spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, which helps to cultivate an inclusive and rewarding experience. Each summer Scholars receive a $4,400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.
During the first year, Scholars participate in an eight-week, immersive field course on conservation practice, leadership, and ecological research while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors through California. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations, labs, and agencies. A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years, we work with ‘home mentors’ at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. We mentor Scholars well past program completion as alumni, and they join a nationwide alumni network for peer support and professional networking.
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