COVID 19 Programming Update

2021 First Summer Experience Program Update

Safety continues to be our first priority and we have been evaluating how to make sure our 2021 summer programming is as safe as possible for each participant, our site hosts, and our extended web of relations. After careful consideration, we have decided to suspend all of our field-based programming for our first summer experience for the 2021 summer and will continue our distance learning program. If it becomes safe and feasible to do so, we may resume in-person learning in Washington state for the final weeks of the program. For those admitted to our 2021 summer program, our intention is to welcome all to Washington state to complete their 2022 summer internships. More information can be found on our First Summer Experience page. 

Interested in applying?

DDCSP@UW is designed for students who want to pursue their passion for nature conservation and environmental justice, and are at the beginning of their studies at a four-year college or university. Students from two-year colleges will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While all applicants should be interested in a potential career in conservation, applicants do not need to be natural-science majors. We are looking for students interested in nature and wildlife conservation from any majors.  We create cohorts of students with a wide range of interests, experiences, and perspectives, asking only that they demonstrate a commitment to conservation and equity, and are curious, creative and enthusiastic!

Our Application period begins November 24, 2020 and will remain open until 11:59 PM PST February 1, 2021. Scroll down for more information about our application and a link to apply.

There are several parts to the application:

  1. Information about you: Please include contact information, demographic and academic information, and your answers to four essay questions. Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*).
  2. Transcripts: 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.
  3. Resume: Please include work history, internship or volunteer positions, activities and clubs, and awards or scholarships.
  4. A letter of recommendation: You’ll need at least one (1) recommendation letter. This individual can be a professor or teacher, community or organization leader, or a current or former employer. We recommend you choose someone who has played a central role in your learning and education, who can write about your activities and successes, and speak to your level of desire and commitment to further inclusive practices in conservation of biodiversity. We recommend that you personally contact this individual as soon as possible (giving them at least 2-3 weeks lead time) to request a letter of recommendation. While it is considered a professional courtesy to request a recommendation in person or over the phone, once they have agreed to provide you with a reference, we also encourage you to follow-up with an email that includes the specific instructions for how to submit their letter to us. Your reference will receive an email from with a link to upload a reference letter. Be sure to have your recommender check their spam folder to ensure they receive your reference request.

About Submittable

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: 2021 University of Washington Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Access the 2021 DDCSP@UW Application Template


Informational Webinars

If you missed our informational webinars, please use the following link to view our presentation slides:

Informational Webinar Slides



Applications will open November 24, 2021.
Deadline to apply will be 11:59 PM PST February 1, 2021.

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