Eligibility and Requirements

Are students with DACA or Permanent Resident status eligible to apply?
Yes, Dreamers and DACA students are encouraged to apply. Proof of citizenship is not required.
Will community college students be considered?
Students from community colleges, Tribal Colleges or other two-year colleges who intend to transfer into an accredited four-year college or university are encouraged to apply. Please send an email to ddcsp@uw.edu for more details on requirements.
Can international students apply to the program?
Unfortunately, international students (i.e., those in the U.S. on an academic visa) are not eligible for the program. Permanent U.S. residents will be considered and dreamers are encouraged to apply.
Can graduate students apply to the program?
Unfortunately, the program is only able to accept undergraduate students working on their first degree.
Do you need to have field (outdoor) experience or be an environmental science major to be accepted?
No, this program is open to all majors (including “undecided”). In fact, we are specifically looking for a broad mix of students, from ecology to film studies. You also do not need to have field, or outdoor (sleeping outside) experience.
I’m not a person of color. Can I still apply?
Yes! We hope to draw a truly cross cultural body of students to this program, meaning everyone is welcome to apply. All applicants regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, or other demographics should demonstrate awareness of diversity issues, a commitment to inclusion and make sure this comes through on your application.
Can Juniors and Seniors apply to the program?
This program is intended for students early in their academic careers so we can only accept students who are currently freshmen, sophomores, or are at least 2 years from graduation of their first degree. The second year of the program should be completed before graduating from your university or college. Please contact ddcsp@uw.edu with any questions you may have in this regard.
Is there a minimum GPA required to participate in DDCSP@UW?
No, there is no minimum GPA to be considered for the program. However, we are looking for students who are motivated to dive into research and issues in conservation, are capable of keeping in contact during the academic year and progressing towards graduation. Students must be in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation) to participate.

Application Process

Is there going to be an interview process?
Yes, video interviews (e.g., Zoom) will be included among the final steps of the application process for a select number of applicants.
When can I expect to hear back in regards to my application status?
The first round of acceptance letters will be sent February 25, 2022. Those who receive an acceptance letter must inform the program of their decision by March 4, 2022. Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted or if we are not able to offer a position to them at this time.
Is there a benefit to submitting my application early?
Applications are not reviewed until after the February 1, 2022 deadline. Submitting your application early will not affect how your application is reviewed. However, it is unlikely materials received after the deadline will be reviewed, so submitting everything in a timely manner is critical.
How does my reference submit their recommendation letter?
Once you submit your reference’s name and contact information into Submittable.com, your reference will receive directions for how to submit their letters. Please email ddcsp@uw.edu if your recommendation writer did not receive an email.
If I am not accepted into the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, can I reapply for the next cohort?
Yes, you are absolutely welcome to apply again if you still meet eligibility criteria. Please contact ddcsp@uw.edu if you have questions in regards to your academic credits standing.
Should I wait until I get my autumn quarter/semester transcripts to submit my application?
Yes, please wait until your autumn quarter/semester grades appear on your transcript before submitting it. We do not need an official transcript, so as soon as your final grades are in for the semester, your school should be able to provide you with an unofficial transcript.
Who do I contact if I am experiencing difficulties with the application?
If you have trouble with any part of the application, you can email ddcsp@uw.edu.

General Program Questions

What do I need to bring with me?
We will outfit everyone in the first week of the program. If you have gear of your own, please feel free to bring those items along throughout the 8-week period.
Who can I talk to for more information?
Please send an email to ddcsp@uw.edu.
I understand that the program pays a stipend, but what are the costs that the students are directly responsible for?
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program will pay for travel, lodging, and provide a separate stipend for food during their 8-week summer experience. Students will be responsible for luggage fees at the airport as well as their own incidentals including toiletries, snacks, souvenirs, and other personal purchases.
How many students typically apply each year?
Roughly 200 applications are received; 20 applicants are accepted.
When will the program start and end?
For the summer of 2021, programming will begin June 20 and end August 12.
Are there other DDCSP programs?
Yes! DDCSP@UW is one of three programs nationally. Additional programs are administered at the following universities: University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Doris Duke Conservation Collaborative. With the exception of the program administered by the Doris Duke Conservation Collaborative, all DDCSP sites recruit students nationwide to participate. The Doris Duke Conservation Collaborative works with University of Florida, University of Arizona, University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Cornell University to serve students recruited from those institutions. We encourage potential applicants to take a look at all three programs, as offerings and activity locations differ across DDCSP sites. For more information please refer to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Community Partners, Faculty, Staff, and References

How do I advertise this program to my students?
We recommend you direct any students who might be interested in and be a good fit for the program to our website. You can also email us at ddcsp@uw.edu to receive an electronic version or printed copies of our flyer. Also, consider offering to serve as a reference for your students who wish to apply.
What do you look for from a strong application?
Scholars do not have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to nature conservation and be curious, creative and enthusiastic – incipient change-makers. They should demonstrate in their essay responses a willingness and ability to discuss and investigate issues in conservation, through a lens of equity, and inclusion.
I do not teach environmental science or ecology. Should I still advertise this program to my students?
Yes! Scholars do not have to be environmental science or ecology majors, but they should have an interest and demonstrated commitment to nature conservation. Program alumni have included history, economics, urban studies, engineering, business and ‘undeclared’ majors.
Could my students earn credit for this program?
The University of Washington does not offer credit, but students are encouraged to work with their faculty or advisors at their home institution to determine if they could earn credit for participating in DDCSP@UW. Please inquire by emailing ddcsp@uw.edu as this has been done before.
Are there ways for faculty to get involved in DDCSP@UW?
Yes, there are a few ways to get involved with DDCSP, including writing recommendation letters for your students who wish to apply and reviewing applications. Please contact us at ddcsp@uw.edu for more information.
I’m with an NGO, government agency or other conservation-oriented organization. Are there ways for me to get involved?
Yes! You can review applications and may be able to serve as an internship site for our Year 2 Conservation Practice Teams. Please contact us at ddcsp@uw.edu for more information.
I’m serving as a reference for an applicant. What is the deadline for me to submit my letter of recommendation?
Letters must be received by the application deadline, 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, February 3, 2022.
What should I include in my letter of recommendation?
Content of letters will vary based on the relationship between the writer and the applicant, but strong letters include specific examples of how the applicant is a good fit for the program (ex. a strong commitment to conservation, equity, and inclusion) and how they would benefit from participating (ex. academic or professional development).
How do I submit my letter of recommendation?
Once an applicant submits your contact information into the application website, you will receive an email from Submittable with directions for how to submit your letter.