This is a national program open to students at any accredited college or university. The program is intended for undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) who are currently enrolled in college or university. Seniors who are graduating in 2019 are not eligible to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA/DREAMers) to apply. International students are ineligible.
Members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups, including: first-generation college students, veterans, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Yes! We do hope that students have a basic understanding of ecological principles. This could come from classroom, volunteer, or personal learning experiences. We are looking for students who are motivated to dive into research and investigate issues in conservation. At DDCSP U of M, we explore connections between conservation and social justice, so any coursework that will allow you to positively contribute to such discussions is beneficial.
You do not need to have had extensive or direct time in the field; we hope to provide you with and prepare you for those experiences throughout the program. We do expect that applicants are comfortable being outdoors in varying weather conditions and are excited about exploring the outdoors.
No. DDCSP at U of M is an intensive eight-week program with mandatory activities in the evenings and on weekends. We expect scholars’ full time commitment to the program. Scholars do not get academic credit for DDCSP activities at the University of Michigan nor at their home institutions
DDCSP at U of M is a two year research and internship commitment. Each year, scholars participate remotely in the program during the spring. Scholars will live in Ann Arbor during the summer and participate in program activities remotely through webinars or at conferences, as well as identifying a mentor at their home institution during the academic year. During the academic year, scholars will participate in program activities via webinars, conferences, and/or events at their home institutions. Additionally, scholars will work with a mentor on their campus to support their academic and professional development during the school year.
Upon acceptance, you will receive a detailed packing list to ensure you will be comfortable and prepared. During orientation week, we will provide an opportunity for you to acquire items you might still need. There is no need for specialized camping equipment.
DDCSP at U of M pays a stipend and discretionary funds of $4,400 each year. In addition, the program will cover the cost of accommodations in Ann Arbor, A meal stipend, as well as round trip travel to and from Ann Arbor. Scholars will be responsible for ground transportation to and from their home airport, luggage fees, as well as the cost of incidentals including toiletries, snacks, souvenirs, and other personal purchases.
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
Accepted students are expected to attend all program dates. Program start dates are not flexible.
Students who are accepted into the program are encouraged to discuss their study abroad plans with the DDCSP staff early on to coordinate travel with program start and end dates.
You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (734) 936-0900.
If you are a graduate student interested in the environmental field please look into these other programs housed at the University of Michigan:Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (also open to students who have graduated in the last 12 months) and the Environmental Fellows Program.
No, program participants cannot get academic credit for DDCSP at U of M activities.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at U of M is a full-time engagement. Participants are strongly discouraged from taking courses during the program.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at U of M is a full-time engagement. Participants are strongly discouraged from having other jobs during the program.