Doris Duke

June 22, 2006

Bren School to Host Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fellowships

Awards promote conservation and diversity in environmental education

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Bren School has been selected as one of only eight university programs in the United States to host The Doris Duke Conservation Fellows Program for the next two academic years. UCSB's Bren School was one of three institutions added to five existing host schools after an invitation-only competition among 28 schools across the country. The expansion is designed to allow the program to reach a more geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse student population while still providing the best possible interdisciplinary graduate education.

Founded in 1997, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and managed by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Fellows Program is the nation’s premier leadership development program for future conservation leaders pursuing master’s degrees in multidisciplinary environmental studies programs. The program provides funding to a select group of universities and/or institutions within them to support students who are enrolled in such programs at host universities and are committed to careers as practicing conservationists.

“Together, these host institutions comprise a diversified portfolio of graduate programs ideally suited to prepare future leaders in the field of environmental conservation,” said Dan McIntyre, Vice President for Administration and Program Development at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Each Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship provides full tuition for one year (up to a maximum of $26,000) plus a $5,000 stipend to cover the cost of a summer internship. In addition, the School will receive $5,000 to enhance its career development program. Finally, Fellows will be eligible to compete for a small pool of funding to engage in self-initiated networking and career development activities.

“The new Doris Duke Conservation Fellows to be selected by these universities will join a growing national network of emerging conservation leaders,” said Mark Shaffer, Program Director for the Environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“Serving as a host university for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fellowships is a great honor afforded only to a small number of very fine institutions,” said Bren School Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker. “The Foundation’s commitment to conservation is renowned. We are very pleased to have been included in their important efforts to educate the next generation of environmental leaders.”Based on its size, the Bren School will receive five fellowships in academic years 2006/07 and 2007/08 and four additional fellowships each year intended solely “to promote diversity among the next generation of conservation leaders,” the announcement said.

Bren Professor Frank Davis has been selected to serve as the School’s representative and Fellowship Advisor.

The other host schools selected for the 2006-2008 period are Cornell University, Duke University, Florida A&M University, Northern Arizona University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University.

Established in 1996, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's stated mission is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, wildlife conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.