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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UF

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: “How do I apply”

A:  Applications are made available in September and are due on November 31st. Applications include an online application form, 2 letters of recommendation, and copies of your college and high school transcripts.

Q: “Who is eligible to apply?”

A: Students from all backgrounds who attend or are planning to attend a collaborating university (UF, UI, UA, CU, or NCSU) and have at least 2 years left before they graduate are eligible to apply. High school seniors are not eligible to apply and are encouraged to apply during their freshman year of college.

Q: “Can non-traditional students apply?”

A: Yes. If you are concerned about your eligibility please contact us to discuss your situation. The expectation is that students in our program will require at least two more years to graduate.

Q: “What if I'm a freshman and I don't have college transcripts yet?”

A: You may still apply to the program and be accepted on a conditional basis. We will ask to see your transcripts at the end of the semester and a final decision will be made at that time.

Q: “Am I eligible if I'm at another college but am transferring to a collaborating university in the spring?”

A: You may still be eligible for the program if you can show proof of acceptance to the collaborating university for spring semester. Contact the Program Director at if you are planning to transfer this spring. 

 Q: “Do I have to be enrolled in a conservation-related major?”

A: No, as long as you have an interest in nature and are considering a conservation-related career you are eligible for the Program, however, students who are committed to careers in conservation are especially encouraged to apply. 

Q: "What if my transcripts arrive before I've finished my application?"

A: "If your transcripts arrive before you finish your application we will keep them on file and add them to your application package. It is better to ask for letters of recommendation as soon as you know you will be applying to the program rather than waiting until after you've finished your application." 

Q: “Are there other DDCSP programs?”

A: Yes!  See here for more information about the other Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs at Northern Arizona University , University of WashingtonUniversity of California Santa Cruz, and University of Michigan. An overview of all 5 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs can be found here.

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