Upcoming Opportunities

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 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program!


Each March the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program selects 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Each summer Scholars receive a $4400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.

During the first year, Scholars participate in an eight-week, immersive field course on conservation practice, leadership, and ecological research while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors through California.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations, labs, and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support and continue to provide mentoring beyond the program.

We serve college freshmen, sophomores, transfers and juniors with two or more years of college left, who attend or are in the process of transferring to any four-year institution in the US and its territories.  All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program1, indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible.

Applications are now available and will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

TEDxSantaCruz 2019: The Art of Hope:

APPLICATIONS OPEN Features riveting talks and performances from a diverse range of inspired, innovative and renowned speakers and artists. Join the local conference on December 6, 2019, at Rio Theatre. Learn More

NRS Field Science Fellowship

Deadline for Summer 2020 is February 7, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Field Science Fellowship, a new undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS).

The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. A maximum of $24,000 will be awarded annually.

Projects enabling the student to perform full-time research over the summer are preferred. However, we will also consider proposals that explain why the research must be conducted during another season, and how the student will be able to accomplish the research while enrolled in classes during the academic year.

Funding for the Field Science Fellowships are made possible through the Samuelsen Conservation Scholars Initiative.

Access and inclusion

All applications are welcomed and will be considered. We especially invite applications from students from ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to African-American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students.

Application information

Eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and complete application information can be found here. The application deadline for Summer 2020 is February 7, 2020.

Finals Week

December 9 @ 8:00 am - December 12 @ 8:00 pm

2020 Natural Capital Symposium

March 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Supporting Diverse
Future Leaders in
Ecology & Conservation

Welcome To The Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunities (CAMINO) in Ecology and Conservation.

Are you a UCSC undergraduate seeking to explore connections between science and environmental issues?