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The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program at Northern Arizona University is a multi-year program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that serves to strengthen the conservation profession by training students who can make significant contributions to conservation and increase participation by groups that are currently underrepresented the field. The program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in mentored research experiences in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water, and wildlife conservation.

The DDCSP@NAU program includes four essential elements:

  • A five-week summer immersion program in the Grand Canyon region that provides exposure to authentic, compelling environmental issues and builds community among the students.
  • Paid annual research internship experiences with conservation scientists and managers who are enthusiastic about their work and about mentoring young people.
  • Winter conservation workshops on scientific, career, and leadership topics.
  • A strong support network that will help students transition from college to career.


        DDCSP@NAU is looking for 18-20 first- and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for conservation. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars must be U.S. citizens or "dreamers" enrolled at four-year colleges or universities anywhere in the United States. The program is open to students from ANY major.

        How to apply

        To apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University, you will need to fill out the online application at Required questions are marked with an * (asterisk) and some questions will require you to email documents to  

        There are several parts to this application:

1. Information that you type directly into this website, or that you can cut‐and‐paste from a file on your computer (for instance, a Word document) into the appropriate boxes.

  • Information about you
  • Description of your recent jobs, activities, awards
  • Your answers to three essay questions

2. Letters of recommendation. You’ll need two (2) recommenders. Please complete the information on this online form about who your letters are coming from. Have the recommenders email the letters to

3. Transcripts. We would like to see your college transcripts. Unofficial copies are fine, and they are typically easier for you to obtain.  You can send a pdf of your transcripts by email to We will also ask you for optional demographic information about yourself.  This information will not be used for admissions decisions.  It will be separated from your application before its review. If you are having trouble with ANYTHING about the application, you can email or call DDCSP@NAU Director Angie Moline at or 928-523-0361.

You are welcome to ask about the status of your application by emailing


        This online application form and your transcript(s) are due by midnight (Arizona time) on February 8, 2016. Extended deadline: Sunday, February 21, 2016 (midnight)

        Your two letters of recommendation are due by midnight (Arizona time) on February 15, 2016.

        Extended deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (midnight)

        Editing your application

We highly recommend that you compose your essays and gather the required information ahead of time, then submit your full application all at once. However, you will also receive a link on the confirmation page that will allow you to go back and edit your responses. After you submit, please follow the instructions provided to follow that link and save the correct URL to allow you to return to your application.