Looking for a conservation change-maker?
Our scholars define inclusive conservation.
The Conservation Scholars Fund directly supports students who are pursuing a career in conservation through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Effective conservation strategies are inclusive, involving a diversity of stakeholders and incorporating multiple values. Yet, the conservation community does not reflect the collective voice of our country. Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future. Our program aims to change that.
The application period opens in 232 days.
Keren is interested in changing sustainability conversations from models that are about humans vs. nature to models that incorporate humans within nature.
Gabriel seeks to fuse topics of conservation with outside disciplines to come up with sound solutions for communities facing major climate change impacts.
Challenging the status quo of the conservation movement by searching for connections between environmental health and human health, Leila is searching for ways to feed the future without harming the planet and create a more inclusive outdoor community.
Committed to helping her reservation progress in their understanding of complex environmental issues, Nani approaches conservation through education and sense of place.
Arunika is searching for ways of making natural recourses accessible to all and promoting traditional conservation practices in mainstream environmentalism.
Deborah is continuously adapting to new environments and aims to cross apply environmental studies and the visual arts.
Bringing environmental responsibility into the practice of design, Kai is working to adapt resource consumption to a changing world.
Can industrial agriculture equal conservation? A'Moris dreams of becoming a large animal veterinarian who uses a conservation-minded approach to tackle issues of food safety and environmental health.
Who really owns the water beneath our feet and can we preserve and protect it for all to share equally? Ethan is interested in conserving the quality, quantity and availability our diminishing groundwater resources.
Robin, known on stage as Robin Chakra, aims to transform the conservation movement through city culture. Fascinated with issues of consumption and social justice, he complements his urban environmental interests with music, producing and rapping over experimental beats to observe the urban pulse.
Celine seeks to understand the political ecology of urbanization and the ways in which communities enact their "right to the city" through environmental activism.
Aimed at improving health conditions of underserved populations, Carly is committed to discovering the connections between conservation and public health.
Arielle is looking at how commerce shapes the natural environment. She is seeking to make environmental justice dialogues more inclusive for people of color.
Making a difference now, Dyaami is leaping in to expand the voice of under-represented communities in conservation.
How can engineering make a difference in local lives, and livelihoods? Saloni is discovering ways to connect conservation, food, and equity through technology.
Can local food save the world, from culture to conservation? Chris seeks to address food deserts, economic disparity and environmental quality.
Seeking solutions that work across all stakeholders, Jacqueline is seeking to address how political and environmental policies affect the public health of cultural communities.
Kianna is interested in the cultural impact of conservation in neighborhoods across America, especially those where social and environmental injustices result in structural violence.
Bailey is looking forward to pursuing a career with the Fish and Wildlife Department later in his life.
Jose hopes to develop sound solutions for sustainability and environmental justice in underprivileged communities with socioeconomic constraints.
Creating aesthetic and cultural change in perceptions of the environment, Joseph is an aspiring filmmaker for the big and small screen.
Reaching forward and giving back, Leyla creates opportunities for women and under-represented communities in sustainability science and conservation.
From a community with a long history of conserving natural resources, Tyler is especially interested in stream restoration.
Can botany create a conservation change? Kara connects plants to people, from food to art.
Elias is interested in studying marine ecosystems and is also getting excited to learn about environmental justice and how conservation can work locally.
A geologist and anthropologist fascinated with the physical and cultural processes that shape the world we live in, Steven thrives on any opportunity to be outdoors.
Can a community's efforts for conservation impact public health in their region? Ashley strives to find out and educate communities about the linkage.
Bailey is looking at the intersection of public policy and conservation. She wants to improve sustainable food and water networks in urban areas, and ensure all the stakeholders are included in the conservation conversation.
Connecting natural resources and livelihoods, Amy is determined to conserve the environment AND the integrity of communities that are most vulnerable to climate change. Her work is focused on the intersection of culturally appropriate sustainable economic and environmental development.
How do ideas of environmental stewardship manifest themselves in non-western cultures? Wendy is interested in exploring the relationship between humans, their environment and culture in order to determine how sustainability or conservation efforts can be designed and implemented for different communities.
Drawing inspiration from community-centered projects, Alicia is working to apply the tools of engineering to better both ecosystem and environmental health.
Can medicine intersect with environmentalism and social justice? Bilal hopes to find a way to connect all three, especially at the local community-level.
Is sustainable business a conservation solution? Eric works at the nexus of business, environment and sustainability.
Water is the liquid jewel that has forged cultures and nourished civilizations since humanity's rise. Gabe is determined to preserve the quality and distribution of Earth's blue gem by curbing pollution and overuse of our rivers, oceans and aquifers with responsible transportation and land-use policies.
How do we get all the stakeholders in the room? Haley aims to bridge the gap in conservation negotiations between conservation organizations and conflicting parties.
Using GIS to display and assess conservation issues on a regional scale, Lacey is interested in how water impacts urban growth and development.
Nature's complexities keep Kyle chasing his curiosity down a path of scholarly research in the biological sciences. The ways humans interact with their environment and the positive feedbacks keep Kyle up at night.
How can innovation in emergent technologies power conservation solutions? Jordan is committed to improving environmental and ecosystem sustainability from the leading edge of mechanical engineering.
Conservation policy or global warming - James wishes to use plant life to restore and create healthy environments to tackle these issues.
Focusing primarily on the tools needed to achieve an environmentally just world, while at the same time regulating how to mitigate pollution levels and sustain our environment, Matinn aspires to implement all-inclusive policy plans and/or changes.
Bridget seeks to maximize biological diversity and ecological restoration in a manner inclusive to indigenous peoples.
Intrigued by the intersection of natural science, social science and environmental advocacy, Jordan aspires to do research on climate change adaptation.
Growing up in Alaska, Zach developed a fascination for water resources, water rights and conservation.
How can we create community conservation plans that are inclusive of different narratives and cultures? Anahi is interested in exploring how narratives and an exploration of histories can empower local communities to become agents of change through policy actions.
Identifying how politics and systems of oppression interact with contemporary political movements, Henry is putting his energies in overturning the structural violence that perpetuates inequalities in security and opportunity.
From the smallest sparrow to the enigmatic antelope, Frances is inquisitive about biodiversity and aims to research the ecological connections between animal behavior, the environment and wildlife conservation efforts.
Seeking economic solutions that work across all stakeholders, Jesse is exploring the collision between economics and sociology.
Can the intersection of math, technology and computational prowess move conservation, and population health, forward? Sujee is motivated to find the sweet spot.
Lydia believes the most effective conservation policies are tailored to place and are community based. She is interested in finding ways to make conservation inclusive of multiple voices and visions.
Given the growing demand for energy, Olivia is uncovering best practices for managing natural resources sustainably and equitably.
Leo aspires to find the reconciliation between environmental protection and fossil fuels production.
With a commitment to geosciences and conservation, Michaela brings together environmental justice and stewardship within the urban fabric.
Does marginalization create conservation conflict? Vanessa is interested in exploring how all community voices can create environmental sustainability.
As a prospecting hydrologic systems and environmental engineer, Jared's stimulus and passion is anything dealing with the natural world.
Keao is interested in researching the intersections between culture and the environment as it relates to conservation efforts around the world.
From soil toxicity and demographics in Cinncinati to a historical synopsis of riverine health in northern Kentucky, Alexis seeks to translate environmental science into effective place-based conservation.
Intrigued by the tipping points between biodiversity and development, Viraj is focused on creating conservation solutions through motivation and agency.
How will encroaching human development impact wildlife migrations? Chris is interested in exploring the interactions between human communities and wildlife, in search of effective policy solutions to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
How can engineering be applied to solving issues of conservation and inequity? Savannah is calculating a change in how to help environment and people using a bit of creativity and a background in chemistry and technology.
Carlos is passionate in helping to address environmental and social issues in low-income indigenous communities/Barrios in the Southern Arizona region.
What kind of a world do we want to build as we transition away from fossil fuels? Olivia is interested in addressing issues of climate justice by reorienting environmental action to work through a place-based, social justice lens.
Daniel is interested in using sustainability, engineering, and activism to work toward conservation and justice.