The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is designed for students who want to pursue their passion for nature conservation and environmental justice.  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!


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 website - 


The program is open to students who currently have first- or second-year standing (freshmen, sophomores) and/or students with at least two full years of college remaining.  All students should be working toward completing a bachelor’s degree.  All students must be eligible to attend a university without a visa (e.g. a US citizen, permanent resident, DACA recipient).


  • 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 (*).
  • 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.
  • Resume: Please include work history, internship or volunteer positions, activities and clubs, and awards or scholarships.
  • A letter of recommendation: You’ll need 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 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. Once they have agreed to provide you with a reference, we encourage you to follow-up with an email that includes details of the program and your reasons for applying, and the specific instructions for how to submit their letter to us. You may also wish to ask your recommender to send you a confirmation when they have submitted the letter on your behalf. Your recommender will receive an email from with a link to upload a reference letter. We recommend that you ask  your recommender to check their spam folder to ensure they receive your reference request.


Submittable allows you to save your progress and revisit your application before submitting. However, we highly recommend that you download the application template document found on our website and draft your long answer questions ahead of time. You can then copy and paste the information directly into the online application form and submit your full application all at once.    


Application deadline is 11:59PM PST February 1, 2021.   

Applications are not reviewed until after the February 1, 2021 deadline. Submitting your application early will not affect how your application is reviewed.   

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information regarding our application process. You can also email us at if you have any questions at all about the application, selection and interview process, or the program. Thank you for applying!

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UW