The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative is a two-year experiential conservation training program for undergraduates who are interested in careers in conservation and in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Scholars take part in applied field research projects, professional internships, mentoring, and form strong professional networks. Scholars learn a variety of field techniques and research and presentation skills. Students are also prepared to help increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation through coursework in communication, creative problem solving, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative is a consortium of universities united to empower a diverse new generation of conservation leaders. The members of this consortium are the University of Florida, University of Arizona, University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Cornell University. Participation in this program is only available to students who are enrolled at these universities, however, Cornell is no longer accepting new students. If you are not enrolled at one of these universities, check out the other three Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs, which are available to students nationally. These are University of Washington, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Michigan. For an overview of all four programs, visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative also has strong ties to the USGS Cooperative Research Units, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.