College of Natural Resources (CNR) is pleased to announce its participation in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. This program provides undergraduate students with training and mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water and wildlife conservation. The program seeks students who not only have a budding academic interest in conservation, but are also committed to increasing the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field. Students accepted into the program will engage in two summers of paid research and agency internships, work alongside conservation researchers and professionals in outdoors-based research, attend workshops and conferences, and build a network of professional contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.
If you are an undergraduate student graduating in the fall of 2020 or later, and interested in the environment, diversity, conservation and research, please apply!
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars FAQ
Applications must include the online application form, two letters of recommendation, and copies of your college and high school transcripts.
The University of Florida is the lead partner among the five partnering universities. The four successful Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will be selected by the University of Idaho, with oversight from the University of Florida.
Students from all backgrounds who attend or are planning to attend a collaborating university (UF, UI, UA, CU, or NCSU) and have at least two years left 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.
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 two more years to graduate.
No, as long as you have an interest in nature and might consider a conservation-related career you are eligible for the Program.
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.
Kerri Vierling, Professor of Wildlife Resources in the College of Natural Resources’ Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences.