Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The goal of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is to diversify the conservation workforce by finding and developing the next generation of land, water, and wildlife professionals among traditionally underrepresented groups.

Doris Duke Scholars are eager to be immersed in an experiential learning program that incorporates diversity and inclusion into their understanding of conservation practices.

Doris Duke Scholars are committed to becoming a part of and changing the conservation arena, bringing new ways of looking at, understanding, and protecting the earth's land, water and wildlife.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is a two-year internship program:

Compensation and Expenses Covered

Year 1

  • $4,250.00 for eight-week internship plus pre-program activities
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Ann Arbor
  • Travel for field trips
  • Research expenses.

Year 2

  • $4,250.00 for eight-week internship plus pre-program activities

Second-year scholars who are chosen as peer mentors will earn a stipend of $5,000.00 for the internship, pre-program activities, and mentoring activities.

  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Ann Arbor
  • Travel for field trips
  • Travel for second-year capstone retreat
  • Research expenses.

Research, Professional Development, and Mentoring Experience

Scholars will have an opportunity to:

  • Conduct research with and be mentored by research scientists who are leaders in the conservation field (Year 1)
  • Work in conservation organizations in Ann Arbor and Detroit (Year 2)
  • Participate in weekly professional development seminars
  • Visit conservation field sites and meet with conservation professionals
  • Make professional conference presentation
  • Obtain GRE and other graduate school preparation.

Scholars are expected to have an interest in:

  • Conservation and the environment
  • Exploring leadership opportunities
  • Understanding more about diversity
  • Working with mentors
  • Networking with other students from around the country who are also interested in conservation.

For more information, ddcsp-umich.com.