Who Can Apply?

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a two-year program and life-long network.

It serves students with the highest potential to make sustained contributions as conservation innovators and leaders and to increase the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the conservation field. The program is looking for 20 passionate, creative undergraduate students from any major, currently in their freshman or sophomore years or with at least two more years of college left.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or “dreamers” enrolled at or accepted as transfer students to four-year colleges or universities anywhere in the United States or its territories.

There are several parts to the application:

1Information about you: Please include contact information, description of your recent jobs, activities, awards, information about your recommender(s), and your answers to three essay questions. Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*). We will also ask you for optional demographic information about yourself. Your choice to not provide us with this information will not influence your likelihood of being selected to participate in the program.

2Transcripts: 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.

3A letter of recommendation: You’ll need at least one (1) recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact — in person or by email — someone you have worked closely with who is familiar with some of the experiences that you have described in your essays. Ideally, your recommender is a current or former coach, employer, professor, supervisor, or other academic or professional mentor willing to provide you with a detailed letter. Letters from family and relatives will not be accepted. Please share information about the program with your recommender (such as the website and your essays), and ask your recommender to describe how he or she knows you, how long (s)he has known you, your suitability for this program, and your potential to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation.

Please complete the information on the application about who is providing your letter and provide their email address in the corresponding field.  Submittable will send them a letter of recommendation request on your behalf.

Editing your application

Submittable allows you to save your progress and revisit your application at a later date before submitting. However, we highly recommend that you download the application template document below and draft your long answer questions ahead of time in a separate document to check for spelling errors and word count. You can then copy and paste the information directly into the online application form and submit your full application all at once.

Application period is now closed.

Any questions? Email us here:scholars@ucsc.edu