The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Florida is a two-year experiential conservation training program for undergraduates who are interested in careers in conservation and in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Scholars take part in applied field research projects, professional internships, mentoring, and form strong professional networks. Scholars learn a variety of field techniques and research and presentation skills. Students are also prepared to help increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation through coursework in communication, creative problem solving, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Florida is a collaboration between University of Florida, University of Arizona, University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, and Cornell University and is only available to students who are enrolled at one of these five universities. If you are not enrolled at one of these five universities, check out the other four Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs, which are available to students nationally. These are Northern Arizona University, University of Washington, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Michigan. For an overview of all five programs, visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UF also has strong ties to the USGS Cooperative Research Units, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.