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The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, hosted by Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative in collaboration with Conservation Science Partners and The Grand Canyon Trust and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, serves to ensure that the conservation field is holistic, relevant, and just by providing a transformative educational and research experience for students typically underrepresented in the conservation workforce. We aim to honor multiple voices and perspectives to broaden the conservation field’s culture and to ultimately expand how conservation is practiced.

The NAU Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will leave the two-year program with:

  • Broad knowledge of conservation science, management, policy, and advocacy;
  • Social-emotional and non-cognitive skills that contribute to achievement;
  • Technical, analytical, leadership, and professional skills refined in the workplace;
  • Experience with outdoor recreation and a deep appreciation for nature;
  • A supportive, multi-generational network of mentors, colleagues, and peers; and
  • Skills in communication, advocacy, public outreach, and citizen engagement.

Year 1:

  • Eight-week, paid, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors

Year 2:

  • Eight-week, paid, intensive summer internship with a conservation organization or agency

Scholar Benefits

  • Scholars receive a $4000 stipend each summer
  • Winter workshop on professional development and leadership in conservation
  • Year-round support from UCSC staff and an identified mentor at your home institution
  • Scholars who complete the program become part of a growing scholarly and professional network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars
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