Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The goal of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability is to diversify the conservation workforce by finding and developing the next generation of land, water, and wildlife professionals among traditionally underrepresented groups. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program aims to do this by providing meaningful research and internship opportunities to undergraduate students over the course of two summers.

Doris Duke Scholars at the University of Michigan are...

  • Keen to learn about conservation, nature, and the environment;
  • Looking for a space to have discussions about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to the conservation and environmental fields;
  • Eager to become a part of a community of like-minded peers from across the country.

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

Compensation and Expenses Covered

Year 1

  • $4,250.00 for eight-week research project plus pre-program activities
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Ann Arbor
  • Travel for field trips
  • Select 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, 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 environmental, conservation or related organizations in Ann Arbor, Detroit or Flint (Year 2)
  • Participate in weekly professional development seminars
  • Visit conservation field sites and meet with conservation professionals
  • Prepare and present professional research posters at a Symposium attended by university faculty, research mentors and environmental professionals
  • Obtain Graduate Records Examination (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.
After the completion of the program, alumni have the opportunity to attend the New Horizons in Conservation Conference to further network and grow professionally in the conservation field.

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