We are very excited that you have chosen to apply to the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, and we are eager to learn more about you. We wish you the best of luck during the application process.  There are several parts to this application:


1. Information about you, including contact information, description of your recent jobs, activities, awards, information about your recommender(s), and your answers to three essay questions.  We will also ask you for optional demographic information about yourself.  Your choice to not provide us with this information will not influence your likelihood of being selected to participate in the program.


2.  Copies of your college transcripts. Unofficial copies 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.  


3.  A letter of recommendation. You’ll need at least one (1) recommendation letter. Please complete the information on the application about who is providing your letter.  We suggest that you contact -- in person or by email -- someone you have worked closely with who is familiar with some of the experiences that you have described in your essays. Ideally, your recommender is a current or former coach, employer, professor, supervisor, or other academic or professional mentor willing to provide you with a detailed letter.  Letters from family and relatives will not be accepted.    Please share information about the program with your recommender (such as the website and your essays), and ask your recommender to describe how he or she knows you, how long (s)he has known you, your suitability for this program, and your potential to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation.  Letters of recommendation should include the recommender’s name, title, address, and email, and a link will be provided to request letters of recommendation that will be added to your file.  Letter of recommendation requests will not be sent to recommenders until after your application has been submitted.


Editing your application: For purposes of editing and receiving feedback we highly recommend that you download the application template document from the program website (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) and draft your long answer questions ahead of time in a separate document. You can then copy and paste the information directly into the online application form and submit your full application all at once.


Deadlines:   This online application, transcript(s), and letters of recommendation are due by 11:59pm PST February 5, 2020.  Submittable allows you to save and return to your progress at a later date, but after clicking Submit you will no longer have access to your application.  Interviews with students will occur on a rolling basis and final decisions will be made by February 19, 2020.  Students will have until March 2, 2020 to accept or reject their offer to the program. Please email schoalrs@ucsc.edu if you have any questions about the application, the selection process, or the program and one of our staff will get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you for applying!

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC - Santa Cruz