Northern Arizona University .


About The Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, hosted by Northern Arizona University's Landscape Conservation Initiative in collaboration with Conservation Science Partners and The Grand Canyon Trust and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, serves to ensure that the conservation field is holistic, relevant, and just by providing a transformative educational and research experience for students typically underrepresented in the conservation workforce. We aim to honor multiple voices and perspectives to broaden the conservation field's culture and to ultimately expand how conservation is practiced.  

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at NAU will leave the two-year program with: 

  1. Broad knowledge of conservation science, management, policy, and advocacy;
  2. Social-emotional and non-cognitive skills that contribute to achievement;
  3. Technical, analytical, leadership, and professional skills refined in the workplace;
  4. Experience with outdoor recreation and a deep appreciation for nature;
  5. A supportive, multi-generational network of mentors, colleagues, and peers; and
  6. Skills in communication, advocacy, public outreach, and citizen engagement.

1st Summer Experience

You will spend your summer with 19 other scholars learning about conservation issues in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon Region. You will engage in a variety of immersion activities, including field trips, multi-day backcountry excursions, and workshops. The summer immersion component builds skills in conservation science, leadership, communication, outdoor ethics, a deep appreciation for nature, and cultural competency. Scholars form lasting friendships and professional relationships that provide a foundation of support for future success.  

2nd Summer Experience

The 8-week internship provides practical experience in applied conservation science, management, policy, and/or advocacy. Your internship host options include academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. You will be matched with a mentor who shares your professional interests and who has a commitment to the goals of our program. You will come away from this experience with a variety of technical, social-emotional, and workplace skills, as well as a strong professional network. 

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