Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship

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New Hampshire Sea Grant's Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship offers motivated undergraduates the opportunity to receive hands-on training and field or lab experience during the summer.

Fellows spend the summer working with NH Sea Grant staff and researchers seeking to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions regarding our marine resources. The fellowship is intended for students who are interested in connecting marine-related research to extension, education, and communications activities. Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 stipend over an 8-week summer fellowship.

Projects cover Fisheries & Aquaculture, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Coastal Communities, Marine Education, and Communications. See details below.

Please read our Doyle Fellowship Blog to learn more about the specific projects our fellows have worked on in recent years.

Deadlines for Summer 2020 Doyle Fellowships:

  • Application Deadline: TBA, late-February 2020
  • Recipient Notification: TBA, March 2020


Undergraduate rising juniors, rising seniors, and graduating seniors from any four-year college or university in New Hampshire, and those who are New Hampshire residents (but may not necessarily attend a college/university in New Hampshire) are eligible to apply. Applicants can be enrolled in any major or course of study, and should have an expressed interest in marine science and public engagement.


8-week summer fellowship (approximate dates are June 1-August 1).


Recipients earn a $3,000 stipend. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Application Materials: 

Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit:

  1. 1-2 page Essay/Statement of Interest
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation from faculty member or advisor

The Statement of Interest should include a NH Sea Grant Extension Program focus area and/or specific 2019 project(s) that the student would like to work on, as well as any particular goal(s) the applicant would like to achieve during the fellowship. 2019 projects are listed in the next section, see below. Program focus areas include:

  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems (e.g. coastal habitat restoration)
  • Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (e.g. local seafood markets, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture)
  • Resilient Communities and Economies (e.g. climate adaptation, stormwater management)
  • Environmental Literacy (e.g. marine education, science communication)

2020 Fellowship Projects TBA. Examples of 2019 Projects:

  1. Green Crab Monitoring Project Fellow: Expand the potential of the NH Green Crab Project’s “Great Green Crab Hunt” monitoring efforts using technology (mobile data collection and mapping) and citizen/community scientists to track green crab population trends and locate molting crab population spatial and temporal hot-spots. 
    Mentor: Dr. Gabriela Bradt, Fisheries Extension Specialist for NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
  2. Green Crab Fishery Development Fellow: Explore new techniques to increase soft-shell green crab production with a market development and growth component as part of the NH Green Crab Project.
    Mentor: Dr. Gabriela Bradt, Fisheries Extension Specialist for NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
  3. Shellfish Practices and Public Health Fellow: As part of a recent NOAA-Sea Grant Aquaculture Research project, the fellow will interact with NH, MA, and ME shellfish growers (especially oyster farmers) as well as state agencies and regional stakeholders to determine practices that have public health implications and to conduct risk analyses of these practices.
    Mentor: Dr. Steve Jones, Associate Director and Assistant Director for Research at NH Sea Grant, and Research Associate Professor in Natural Resources at UNH
  4. Marine Education and Outreach Fellow: Assist NH Sea Grant staff with in-the-field and behind-the-scenes marine education and outreach activities and events. Fieldwork will be related to the UNH Marine Docent program’s summer cruises and field trips. The fellow will be heavily involved in the facilitation of a national conference including pre-conference logistics, marketing, and overall event management for the National Marine Educators Association.
    Mentor: Mark Wiley, Assistant Director for Education and Marine Education Extension Specialist for NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension

To apply:

Application Deadline: TBA, late-February 2020

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, NH 03824

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 NH Sea Grant and program leader for UNH Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources prior to his death in December 2008.


Mark Wiley
Assistant Director for Education
(603) 862-6702

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

Past Recipients

To view past Doyle Fellowship recipients, please click on the links below or in the Doyle Fellows menu (upper left of this page), organized by year:

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2014 | 2013 | 2012

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