Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship
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 2021 Doyle Fellowships:
- Deadline: Application materials received by March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET will be given priority. We will continue to accept applications through the end of March 2021.
- Recipient Notification: Early April 2021
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. (This is equivalent to $12/hr for 30-32 hours per week over 8 weeks.) Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.
Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit:
- Cover Letter
- Letter of Recommendation from faculty member or advisor
The Cover Letter should include a NH Sea Grant program focus area and/or specific 2021 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. 2021 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)
2021 Fellowship Projects:
1. Shellfish Aquaculture, Public Health, and Ecosystem Services: As part of a recent NOAA-Sea Grant Aquaculture Research project, the student will interact with NH, MA, and ME oyster farmers as well as state agencies and regional stakeholders to determine the public health implications and potential ecosystem benefits of aquaculture 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
2. Coastal Processes and Community Resiliency: As part of an ongoing NH Sea Grant-funded research project, the fellow will help understand how environmental change will affect coastal communities in NH, and use data from this system to engage volunteers, inform communities, and increase coastal resilience. Specific focus area can include:
- Tracing microplastics in the water column of the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary and Great Bay Estuary
- Exploring the influence of marsh management practices on salt marsh invertebrates including ribbed mussels in the Great Marsh
- Documenting the long-term effect of natural sediment events on salt marsh plant and invertebrate communities
- Understanding the cause and effects of dune die-off through field, greenhouse, and genomic studies
Mentor: Dr. Gregg Moore, Research Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at UNH
Application materials received by March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET will be given priority. We will continue to accept applications through the end of March 2021. Application materials (listed above) can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.