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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) at Cornell is an exciting opportunity for freshmen and sophomores with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and diversity and inclusion to receive training, support, mentorship, and approximately $10,000 over two years for paid research experiences and internships. Students will also receive a $1,000 housing stipend each summer. Scholars will participate in an intensive conservation skills and leadership program; work with agency, faculty and graduate student mentors on paid group research projects and internships; attend a national meeting; and engage in mentoring and social networks.

Cornell University is looking for 4 students to begin the DDCSP at Cornell in May 2017Applications are now being accepted!  Apply here.  The deadline to apply has been extended until all four positions are filled! To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled at Cornell. While preference will be given to qualified sophomore applicants, freshmen will also be considered for the program and are encouraged to apply. Non-traditional and transfer students that do not meet the traditional designation of “sophomore” may also be eligible and can contact the national program director at to discuss their specific circumstances.

If you are accepted into the program you will attend an expense-paid, week-long conservation leadership program in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia in June and will work full-time for 8-9 weeks on field research projects with faculty and graduate student mentors at Cornell. During your second summer, you will complete paid internships with local, state, federal, or tribal agencies or NGOs. You will earn more than $5,000 each summer, receive a $1,000 housing stipend, and gain the valuable skills and experience that are necessary for a successful career in conservation.

During the academic year, you will connect with students from across the Collaborative (which includes University of Florida, University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, and University of Arizona, in addition to Cornell) using social networks and a 1-credit distance-based course focused on human dimensions of conservation and achieving academic and professional success, attend biweekly group meetings or socials, and interact regularly with graduate student and faculty mentors at Cornell.

You can find out more about the DDCSP here, and follow the Facebook Page for updates

If you have questions about the program or application process, you can also get in touch with the Cornell DDCSP graduate student mentors:

Vanessa Springer: 
Annie Scofield: