Note: Unfortunately, as of summer 2023 this program will be discontinued. Current scholars will complete the program, but new scholars will not be accepted. We are exploring ways to evolve this program under new funding sources.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Collaborative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who have a passion for biodiversity conservation and for increasing diversity in the field of conservation. This scholars program is a two-year experiential training program that empowers the next generation of conservation leaders to make a difference.

Three field researchers smile at a camera with a turtle
Photo credit Andrew Gordon 2022



Are you ready to be a conservation change-maker?

If you are a current freshman or  sophomore at the University of  Massachusetts Amherst with a passion for biodiversity conservation and a  commitment to increasing diversity &    inclusion, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program  Collaborative may be for you!

Early deadline is 12/1/2022. All applications are due by 2/15/2023.

Apply to the DDCSP Collaborative!


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Conservation Scholars receive $575/week over 2 summers to work alongside researchers and seasoned conservation practitioners. As part of the Program, scholars have the unique opportunity to learn a variety of field techniques, develop research and presentation skills, attend workshops and conferences, and build a network of professional contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime. Additionally, scholars will participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training to build the knowledge and skills critical for increasing the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field.

Photo of student researcher smiling while holding a turtle
Photo by Andrew Gordon 2022

Two student researchers smile at the camera in front of mountains
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This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity available only to University of Massachusetts Amherst students who are graduating in Fall 2023 or later.  Students who are enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a major related to environmental conservation here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive preference in the selection process.  Candidates must have a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Under-represented, BIPOC, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.  Interested students should read about the application process and apply online using this link. The early application deadline is 12/1/2022 and we will begin reviewing applications at that time. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and applicants are urged to apply before the final deadline, which is 2/15/23. Following application review, some students will move forward to interviews prior to final selections.

Two field researchers get a bird out of a mist net Student researcher smiles while giving two thumbs up to a huge drone

Photo by Fanny Riand 2021

Learn More

For more information about the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative, please contact Dr. Rena Borkhataria – .  To learn more about The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative, visit the Program’s website. To learn more about the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program as a whole, visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s website.


The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s Environment Program seeks to ensure a thriving, resilient environment for wildlife and people and foster an inclusive, effective conservation movement. For more information, visit



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