2yr fellowship growing a diverse community of conservation leaders 🌎 UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program apps due Feb 1

We are still looking for your help to find emerging conservation leaders!

Hello, I hope you will forgive this second message, but it pains us to think that there could be amazing Scholars who don’t hear about the program in time. We won’t email you again this year, but if you do want to join our mailing list for just four emails a year, including our newslettersubscribe here.  Applications for the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) are open through February 1st.  We would like to enlist your help reaching prospective Scholars using the attached materials, social media posts, websites, and invitations to webinars.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.  

Applications for the 2022 Cohort close on February 1st!

Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation fellowship program focused on the summers between academic years, with the following benefits:

  • 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 tribal, federal, and state agencies.
  • professional development retreat after the second summer brings Scholars together 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.
  • Mentorship persists well past program completion and Scholars join a nationwide alumni network for peer support and professional networking.

We serve all students who can study in the United States without a visa (including citizens, nationals, residents, refugees, DACA, undocumented, and more) and plan to finish a four-year degree with a graduation date AFTER December 2023.  We highly encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in environmental conservation to apply. Visit our FAQ for more questions about eligibility and criteria.

I hope you will share our program information with faculty, advisors, freshmen, sophomores, eligible juniors, and others in your professional and community networks.  We would be happy to visit groups virtually to talk more about the program.  We are having two more informational webinars on January 10th (jointly with our sister program at the University of Washington) and on January 19th.  Applications are now available and will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Friday, February 1, 2022.

Please incorporate the attached flyer, slides, and short video into talks and presentations, or print and distribute it.  For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email us at [email protected].

Kind regards,

Prof. Erika Zavaleta, Faculty Director
Abraham Borker, Ph.D., Program Director

Recruitment Resources and Materials (all on Google Drive)

One page flyer (PDF)

Powerpoints (One Five Slides)

Promotional videos (YoutubeDrive)

Social Media Posts (InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebookPhotos for posting)

Sample email to students (Google Doc)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Pacific Time, Monday, January 10, 2022 Zoom Link (Joint webinar with UW DDCSP)

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Pacific Time, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Register here