Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UF

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Florida is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and cultural diversity to receive training, support, mentorship, and to earn up to $10,000 in salary and stipends over two years for paid research experiences and internships. Scholars participate in an intensive conservation skills and leadership program; work with agency, faculty and graduate student mentors on paid group research projects and internships; attend national meetings; and engage in mentoring and social networks. Applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to one of our five participating universities: University of Florida, University of Arizona, University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, and Cornell University. 


With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the mission of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is to increase the number of undergraduate students from groups currently underrepresented in the conservation workforce who choose to pursue studies and a career in conservation by serving students who not only have a budding academic interest in conservation, but are also committed to increasing the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field.

Ultimately we want to include and support the success of a broad diversity of professionals in the field of conservation. We need professionals who have the experience and commitment to identify and address the conservation needs of all segments of US and global society.


Housed at the University of Florida, the program includes five Universities: University of Florida, Cornell UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Arizona, and University of Idaho. We are also working with the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tribal and State Agencies, and non-governmental organizations to provide our scholars with a variety of research, mentoring, internship, and professional development opportunities.

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Students seeking information about the program and application process may contact Dr. Rena Borkhataria or call 561-993-1599.

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