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The Collaborative Scholars Program has provided an exciting opportunity for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who have a passion for biodiversity conservation and for increasing diversity in the field of conservation. This two-year experiential training program empowers the next generation of conservation leaders to make a difference. 

Conservation Scholars receive $575/week over 2 summers to work alongside researchers and seasoned conservation practitioners. As part of the Program, scholars have the unique opportunity to learn a variety of field techniques, develop research and presentation skills, attend workshops and conferences, and build a network of professional contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime. Additionally, scholars will participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training to build the knowledge and skills critical for increasing the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field.


This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity available only to University of Massachusetts Amherst students who are rising sophomores or juniors.  Students who are enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a major related to environmental conservation here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive preference in the selection process.  Candidates must have a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Under-represented, BIPOC, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply. Interested students can read more about the application process

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For more information about the Conservation Collaborative Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Rena Borkhataria.