The Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship

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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

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 in one of four topics:

Set up and maintain tumble culture tanks for seaweed and determine how to optimize these conditions for larger scale cultivation.  The fellow may be experimenting with seaweed line cultures and monitoring growth. Other responsibilities may include developing education materials regarding sea vegetable aquaculture in N.H. and a methods guide/manual for tumble and line culture to be used by future students or technicians or farmers working on similar projects.

Assist in implementing community-based coastal research and habitat restoration projects. The fellow will gain experience in developing a outreach materials while actively engaging in field work related to sand dune restoration and research in N.H. and Massachusetts. Opportunities for additional field experiences may include salt marsh monitoring, beach profiling, eel surveys, water quality monitoring and others.

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.

Help to develop written and/or visual content for the website, blog and social media channels that promotes NHSG activities and impacts. Depending on fellow’s interests and strengths, tasks may include: photography, short video production, writing blog entries, developing infographics or providing other communications support.

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. 

Brian Doyle

Application information for 2017 Summer Doyle Fellowships

DUE: March 24
Recipient Notification: April 7

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

For more information:
Mark Wiley

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


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