The Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP at U of M) is a two-year experiential learning national summer program for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. Each scholar spends two consecutive summers at the University of Michigan performing environmental research (year 1) and participating in an internship (year 2) relating to the environmental field.


Hear what our past Scholars are saying:

Why DDCSP at U of M ?

  • Competitive stipends for both summers 
  • Explore the state of Michigan and live in the vibrant college town of Ann Arbor 
  • Free GRE preparation course with materials during the second summer 
  • Free career consultation and professional development help
  • Form lasting friendships and connections with students across the country 
  • Chance to travel and explore a unique ecosystem during the Capstone Retreat 
  • Access and partial funding to the ground breaking New Horizons in Conservation Conference  

Why spend your summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan?

  1. Ann Arbor has the most independent bookstores and restaurants per capita in the entire United States. (source)
  2. Ann Arbor has been ranked as one of the Greatest Midwest Food Towns by Midwest Living. (source)
  3. The city boasts 159 parks. This includes the Nichols Arboretum, a 123 acre nature area in the heart of Ann Arbor (source, source)
  4. Over 350 exhibiting artists come to Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, which happens yearly during the third week of July. (source)
  5. Ann Arbor was ranked #7 on the top 10 list for  2017 Best Cities for Millennials to live in by Niche. (source)

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Important Dates

2020 Tentative Application Dates

Application Opens November 8, 2019

Tentative Priority Date is January 10, 2020*

(*Complete applications will be reviewed and offers will be made beginning after the priority date.)

Application Closes February 1, 2020 11:59pm Pacific Time

Final notification of selection: February 19, 2020

2020 Program Dates

Year 1 Scholars: May 29 – July 26, 2020

Year 2 Scholars: June 5 – August 2, 2020

Alumni Administrative Assistants: May 29 – August 1, 2020