The Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Yale University, formally at the University of Michigan (DDCSP at YSE) is a two-year experiential learning national summer program for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. Each scholar spends two consecutive summers at the University of Michigan/ Yale University performing environmental research (year 1) and participating in an internship (year 2) relating to the environmental field.

Hear what our past Scholars are saying:


  • Competitive stipends for both summers 
  • Explore the state of Connecticut and live in the vibrant college town of New Haven
  • Free GRE preparation course with materials during the second summer 
  • Free career consultation and professional development help
  • Form lasting friendships and connections with students across the country 
  • Chance to travel and explore a unique ecosystem during the Capstone Retreat 
  • Access and partial funding to the ground breaking New Horizons in Conservation Conference  

Why spend your summer in New Haven, Connecticut?

  1. The food. New Haven Apizza is legendary and Louie's Lunch is the birthplace of the modern hamburger. (source)
  2. The Breinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and most of Yale's campus, are something straight out of Hogwarts or Beauty and the Beast. (source)
  3. The city boasts many different artistic venus, from the Yale Repratory Theater, The Shubert Theater, The Yale University Art Gallery,  The Symphony Orchestra at Woolsey Hall, or even the best dive venue in New England, Toad's Place. (source)
  4. 17% of the city is dedicated to parks. East Rock Park boasts one of the best views of New Haven. (source)
  5. Located on Long Island Sound, New Haven is surrounded by beaches, nature trails, boating and birding.  (source)


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