Q: “How do I apply”

A:  Applications generally become available in mid-September. Applications must include the online application form, 2 letters of recommendation, and copies of your college and high school transcripts.

Q: “Who is eligible to apply?”

A: Students from all backgrounds who attend or are planning to attend a collaborating university (UF, UI, UA, UMass, or NCSU) and have at least 3 semesters left following the spring in which they are accepted before they graduate are eligible to apply. High school seniors are not eligible to apply and are encouraged to apply during their freshman year of college.

Q: “Can non-traditional students apply?

A: Yes. If you are concerned about your eligibility please contact us to discuss your situation. The expectation is that students in our program will require at least three more semesters following the spring in which they are accepted to graduate.

Q: “What if I'm a freshman and I don't have college transcripts yet?”

A: You may still apply to the program and be accepted on a conditional basis. We will ask to see your transcripts at the end of the Fall semester and a final decision will be made at that time.

Q: “Am I eligible if I'm at another college but have been accepted to a collaborating university?”

A: You are eligible for the program if you can show proof of acceptance to the collaborating university. Contact the Program Director at ddcsp.director@gmail.com if you are planning to transfer in the spring. 

Q: “Do I have to be enrolled in a conservation-related major?”

A: No, as long as you have an interest in nature and are interested in a conservation-related career you are eligible for the Program. However, because this program is most beneficial to students with a clear commitment to a career in conservation, these students are especially encouraged to apply. 

Q: "What if my transcripts arrive before I've finished my application?"

A: If your transcripts arrive before you finish your application we will keep them on file and add them to your application package. It is better to ask for letters of recommendation as soon as you know you will be applying to the program rather than waiting until after you've finished your application.

Q: “Are there other DDCSP programs besides the DDCSP Collaborative?”

A: Yes!  See here for more information about the other Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs at University of WashingtonUniversity of California Santa Cruz, and University of Michigan. An overview of all 4 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs can be found on the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's website.