The Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship

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New Hampshire Sea Grant's Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship offers incoming juniors and seniors - as well as graduating seniors - from any four-year college or university in N.H. the opportunity to receive hands-on training.

Fellows spend the summer working with NHSG staff seeking to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions regarding our marine resources. The fellowship seeks students interested in connecting marine-related research to extension, education and communications activities. Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 stipend over an eight-week internship. This summer our Doyle Fellow applicants can choose to work with our Aquaculture, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems or Fisheries Specialists.


Oyster Farm Sanitation Practices - The fellow will work closely with a mentor and the N.H. DES Shellfish Program to run experiments and work with shellfish farmers to reduce the risk of human illnesses caused by Vibrio in N.H.-raised oysters. Tasks may include collecting oysters and water samples in the Great Bay Estuary, testing for the presence of various bacterial species, visiting shellfish farms and speaking to the farmers, and discussing effective management strategies related to pre-harvest practices that limit Vibrio illnesses. The fellow will gain valuable hands-on experience conducting field- and lab-based work and will develop interpersonal skills and science communication.


The fellow will collect and monitor invasive green crabs in Great Bay and Hampton Estuaries to identify and determine molting cycle in the lab. The fellow will determine environmental and morphological cues and timing of molting in this species with the idea of turning this into a method of bio-control through “eating the invasives” and the potential development of a green crab fishery. Other responsibilities include volunteer recruitment and training, along with visually documenting the project through the use of Story Maps.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

The fellow will work with mentors to develop and implement a research study to evaluate the success of completed dune restoration activities along the New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts coastline. The fellow will gain meaningful experience in research study design, coastal monitoring fieldwork, and science communication. The fellow may also have the opportunity to gain experience in additional field-based projects and volunteer management, according to his/her interests.

Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit:

  • Two-page statement of interest
  • Resume
  • Recommendation from faculty member or advisor

The statement of interest should include a N.H. Sea Grant extension program area that the student would like to work in as well as any particular goal(s) the applicant would like to achieve during his or her fellowship.

Materials can be submitted electronically to or via mail to:

New Hampshire Sea Grant Director's Office
Morse Hall, Suite 113
8 College Road
Durham, N.H. 03824

Doyle Fellows in action

  • Planting dunegrass
    Planting dunegrass
  • On the rocky shore with crabs
    On the rocky shore with crabs
  • Foraging for seaweed
    Foraging for seaweed
  • Finished up a CRV event
    Finished up a CRV event

Application information for 2018 Summer Doyle Fellowships

DUE: March 5, 2018
Recipient Notification: March 23, 2018

For more information:
Mark Wiley


To view past reciptients, please click on the Doyle Fellows links in the left menu.

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Video produced by Doyle Fellow, Brittany Debelis (UNH Manchester '12)

The Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship Program was established in honor of its namesake to contribute to the education and development of individuals interested in marine science. Brian Doyle was a long-time supporter of the marine sciences, Sea Grant and undergraduate education. He began working at UNH in 1980 and was well-respected among his colleagues and friends. He most recently served as the associate director of N.H. Sea Grant and program leader for UNH Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources prior to his death in December 2008.