Benefits of being a University of Michigan DDCSP Scholar

2017 Scholar, Blenna Kiros at the 2017 Annual Research Symposium. Photo Credit: Yorick Oden-Plants

2017 Scholar, Blenna Kiros at the 2017 Annual Research Symposium. Photo Credit: Yorick Oden-Plants

Professional Development Workshops

Each year as part of DDCSP, scholars attend regular workshops on professional development to help them further their academic and professional careers in the environmental field. With the help of these workshops, scholars have the chance to polish their resumes, personal statements, networking skills and much more to launch them into their next step after graduation. 

Graduate School Preparation

While at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, students will learn about the process of applying for graduate school and will interact closely with graduate-level faculty. In addition, returning scholars will have the opportunity to attend free GRE-prep classes during their second year in the program. 

2017 DDCSP scholars learn about  tools to navigate working on environmental justice issues in their career at one of our professional development workshops. 

2017 DDCSP scholars learn about  tools to navigate working on environmental justice issues in their career at one of our professional development workshops. 

Peer Mentoring  

One of the best parts of the DDCSP experience are the bonds scholars develop between each other. To help build relationships and support systems between program participants, every year incoming scholars are matched with select returning scholars through a peer mentoring program. Peer mentors meet regularly with their mentees throughout their first summer and organize community-building activities. This program helps foster a vibrant network of DDCSP scholars and alumni that scholars can draw in years to come. 

Mid-Summer Retreat

First and second year scholars enjoy a weekend of team building, bonding and fun during the mid-summer retreat. The retreat is held at a local outdoor education center where scholars engage in various team adventure challenge courses. This is an excellent opportunity for cross-cohort bonding and relationship building

Second Year Capstone Retreat

At the end of scholars' second year with the program, they will have the chance to take an extended trip with their cohort to learn about environmental issues in another part of the US. The 2017 retreat occurred in the US Virgin Islands. In 2018, second year scholars will travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Students enjoy learning about tropical island ecology and history in St. Thomas and St. John with the help of students from the University of the Virgin Islands at the 2017 Second Year Capstone Retreat.


Compensation and Expenses Covered by the Program

In their FIRST summer, scholars receive...

  • $4,000 stipend for their seven-week internship and pre-program activities
  • $250 discretionary funds for personal expenses related to the program (attire, supplies, etc.)
  • Housing in campus dorms
  • Weekday meal stipend
  • Travel to and from Ann Arbor
  • Travel for field trips
  • Travel to the mid-summer retreat
  • Select research expenses (this may include travel to research-related conferences and field site visits)
  • Support for campus home mentor

In their SECOND summer, scholars receive...

  • $4,000* stipend for their seven-week internship and pre-program activities
  • $250 discretionary fund for personal expenses related to the program (attire, supplies, etc.) 
  • Housing in campus dorms
  • Weekday meal stipend
  • Free GRE preparation course and materials
  • Travel to and from Ann Arbor
  • Travel for field trips
  • Travel to mid-summer retreat
  • Travel and housing for the Second-Year Capstone Retreat
  • Select professional expenses (this may include travel to conferences and field site visits) 
  • Support for campus home-mentor

*Second year students selected to be peer mentors will receive an additional $750.