Calling all Future Conservationists: Doris Duke Program at UM Seeks Applicants for Summer 2017 Program

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program hosted by University of Michigan are now officially open. This unique program is committed to diversifying the conservation workforce by training the next generation of land, water, and wildlife professionals among traditionally underrepresented groups. Participants in the program have a commitment to becoming a part of and changing the conservation arena, bringing new ways of looking at, understanding, and protecting the earth’s land, water, and wildlife.


Doris Duke Conservation Scholars work hard but have fun, too (photo: DDCSP)

On the first week of the program, participants will travel to Pellston, MI, to explore the University’s Biological Station. During the next seven weeks of the program, participants will work full time on an independent research project. During this time, one will have the ability to gain knowledge and develop skills working closely with staff from Michigan University’s School of Natural Resource and Environment. Some past research projects include “The Effects or Urbanization on Bee Diversity” and “Inequity, Development, and Reform: The Intersections of Environmental Justice within a Sustainable Future.”


2016 Scholar, Emily Murphy, presenting at the 2016 DDCSP Diversity Symposium Source: DDCSP Website

Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on conservation experience working with professionals and stakeholders in the environmental field while visiting some of Michigan’s pristine, natural sites. In addition to learning about conservation, participants will also take part in a series of workshops and student led seminars revolving around the topics of diversity and equity in conservation. Concepts such as power, privilege, identity will be examined and discussed.

For those interested in applying, the application deadline is February 8th, 2017. An application form, three essays, and two letters of recommendation are required for one to be considered for the program.

So what are you waiting for? Here is your opportunity to get out there and get your hands dirty while creating some real change!



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