By UW Sustainability | Dec 2, 2016

Freshmen and sophomores with a passion for conservation and environmental justice are encouraged to apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW).

DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Students will participate in eight-week summer programs for two summers. The first year "Classroom in the Field" experience begins in Seattle and travels through various cultural and ecological landscapes in Washington, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Salish Sea and across the Cascade Mountains into the Yakima Valley, learning about emerging and ongoing issues in conservation along the way. Read more about "Classroom in the Field" here.

The second year, students will dive into conservation practice, forming teams of 2-4 peers coupled with one faculty member and one conservation professional. Teams engage in problem-based learning, using the tools of conservation practice to bound the problem, consider solutions, engage the community and produce products that make a difference. 

A primary goal of the program is to expand what it means to be a “conservation professional.” By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging scholars as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to become a conservation change-maker. What does this mean? Watch this video!

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($500/week). Scholars can be from any and all majors (including “undecided”). In fact, we’re specifically looking for a broad mix of students with varying interests, skills and perspectives who demonstrate a commitment to the environment, equity and inclusion and are curious, creative and enthusiastic. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have DACA status granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  (For more on DACA, refer to this link). DDCSP@UW seeks to form and support a community of scholars who are representative of various cross-cultural backgrounds and perspectives that span across class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Learn more and APPLY here!

Application deadline: January 31, 2017
Notified: Early March
Program begins: June 19, 2017 (Travel day June 18th)
Program ends: August 11, 2017 (Travel August 12th)

Any questions can be directed to

DDCSP@UW flyer