The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is designed for students who want to pursue their passion for nature conservation and environmental justice, and are at the beginning of their studies at a four-year college or university. Students from two-year colleges will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While all applicants should be interested in a potential career in conservation, applicants do not need to be natural-science majors. We are looking for students interested in nature and wildlife conservation from any majors.  We create cohorts of students with a wide range of interests, experiences, and perspectives, asking only that they demonstrate a commitment to conservation and equity, and are curious, creative and enthusiastic!


APPLICATION DETAILS

  1. Information about you: Please include contact information, demographic and academic information, and your answers to four essay questions. Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*).
  2. Transcripts: Unofficial copies of transcripts are fine, and they are typically easier for you to obtain. Please submit all of your college transcripts, even if you have earned credit at more than one institution.
  3. Resume: Please include work history, internship or volunteer positions, activities and clubs, and awards or scholarships.
  4. A letter of recommendation: You’ll need at least one (1) recommendation letter. This individual can be a professor or teacher, community or organization leader, or a current or former employer. We recommend you choose someone who has played a central role in your learning and education, who can write about your activities and successes, and speak to your level of desire and commitment to further inclusive practices in conservation of biodiversity. We recommend that you personally contact this individual as soon as possible (giving them at least 2-3 weeks lead time) to request a letter of recommendation. While it is considered a professional courtesy to request a recommendation in person or over the phone, once they have agreed to provide you with a reference, we also encourage you to follow-up with an email that includes the specific instructions for how to submit their letter to us. Your reference will receive an email from Submittable.com with a link to upload a reference letter. Be sure to have your recommender check their spam folder to ensure they receive your reference request.


EDITING YOUR APPLICATION

Submittable allows you to save your progress and revisit your application before submitting. However, we highly recommend that you download the application template document found on our website and draft your long answer questions ahead of time. You can then copy and paste the information directly into the online application form and submit your full application all at once. 


DEADLINE

Application deadline is 11:59PM PST February 5, 2020

Applications are not reviewed until after the February 5, 2020 deadline. Submitting your application early will not affect how your application is reviewed. 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information regarding our application process. You can also email us at ddcsp@uw.edu if you have any questions at all about the application, selection and interview process, or the program. Thank you for applying! 

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington