The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at NAU (DDCSP@NAU)
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, hosted by Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative, is a multi-year program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that serves to strengthen the conservation profession by training students who can make significant contributions to broadening the field of conservation. The 18-month program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water, and wildlife conservation.
The University of Washington, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Michigan and University of Florida all host Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs, too! Check out our programs page for summarized descriptions of all programs.
Navigate to our Eligibility and Applications page if you are interested in knowing more about becoming a scholar and joining the larger network.
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.
There are several other Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs at other universities and you can find more information about the other programs online.
DDCSP Guest Blogs
DDCSP@NAU Scholars are blogging about their summer experiences. You can find them on the L-C-Ideas essays blog.