New Hampshire Sea Grant's Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship offers motivated undergraduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to work on projects and receive hands-on training and mentorship from NH Sea Grant staff and partners each summer.
Doyle Fellows work on projects that support individuals and organizations seeking to 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 $5,000 stipend over a 10-week summer fellowship.
Projects cover topics across NH Sea Grant focus areas, including: Fisheries & Aquaculture, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Coastal Communities, Marine Education and Workforce Development, and Communications. See details below.
- Recruit and train the next generation of coastal and marine scientists, extension specialists, educators, decision-makers and industry professionals to broadly reflect the diversity of our nation.
- Broaden awareness of and experience with the Sea Grant model (Research, Extension, Education, and Communications)
- Increase awareness of and competitiveness for other opportunities within the Sea Grant network (i.e. fellowships, jobs, etc.).
- Encourage students to consider New Hampshire for graduate study.
- Reduce barriers to coastal, marine, and/or extension related careers and enhance capacity for NH Sea Grant to address historically excluded groups in our programming/research.
Benefits for Students
- Paid summer experience mentored by NH Sea Grant staff and partners
- Work experience supporting various research, extension, communications, and other projects
- Enhanced understanding of coastal and marine resource management issues in New Hampshire and the Gulf of Maine
- Opportunity to connect with other undergraduates with shared interests (at NH Sea Grant and across the national Sea Grant network as part of the Community Engaged Internship program)
- Professional development activities to build career skills
Expanded professional network and potential future job and graduate school references
Please read our Doyle Fellowship Blog to learn more about the specific projects our fellows have worked on in recent years.
Fellowship Program Leader
Application and Program Support
- February 27, 2023: Applications due at 11:59 p.m.
- March 2023: Applicant review and project matching with mentors
- April 2023: Applicant notification and employment/HR process
- June 1 , 2023: Fellowship begins
- August 11, 2023: Fellowship ends
NH Sea Grant will host approximately five Doyle Fellows in 2023, working on a subset of the projects listed below. Students will be assigned to one project based on their skills and interests and will be matched with a project topic and mentor based on their application responses and background. Students will have the opportunity to learn from other Fellows and mentors during their time as well. Specific project workplans will be developed jointly by the selected Fellows and their summer mentors to bridge project needs and applicant interests and background.
Tentative projects for summer 2023 are listed here:
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and local partners to support development of a fishery and markets for the invasive green crab.
Work with UNH researchers to better understand Common tern foraging and prey selection.
Work with NH Sea Grant and UNH Marine School researchers and extension professionals to develop a business plan for the long-term viability of the Integrated Multi-tropic Aquaculture (IMTA) platform, the "AquaFort."
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and volunteers to conduct marine education with community members of all ages in the NH Seacoast and throughout the state.
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and community partners to support a resident-engaged project building coastal resilience at a neighborhood scale in the NH Seacoast.
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and partners to support ocean acidification research and management applications.
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and other researchers to support aquaculture research.
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and partners to develop an inventory and summary of education and outreach programming in the Great Bay watershed to help inform program recommendations and development of new partnerships.
Work with Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) staff and partners to support habitat monitoring for use in watershed management.
Work with Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) staff and partners to support a multi-habitat restoration project in Great Bay
Work with UNH researchers to better understand predator-prey relationships between invasive green crabs and aquaculture oysters.
Work with NH Sea Grant staff and partners to advance research and analysis related to the human dimensions of fisheries management.
Students are encouraged to review the NH Sea Grant Strategic Plan for additional context and detail on our overall program focus areas:
- 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 and Workforce Development (e.g. marine education, science communication, professional development and networking)
This opportunity is open to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate education at a 2- or 4-year U.S. based college or university. Students who are graduating in 2023 are also 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. Students enrolled in a U.S. based institute of higher education are eligible regardless of citizenship status, this includes but is not limited to: U.S. citizens, permanent residents of U.S. states or territories, international students enrolled at U.S. institutions, etc. Those who will be recent graduates of a U.S. based institute of higher education are eligible if they have the appropriate eligibility to remain and work in the U.S. in the summer of 2023. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact or fellowship manager directly (Lindsey.Williams@unh.edu).
10-week summer fellowship with approximate dates of June 1-August 11, with some flexibility in start and end date. Fellows are expected to work 30-32 hours / week during the program and attend professional development activities as part of their duties. As this is not a full-time fellowship, we also understand that students may have other summer commitments and mentors will work out specific work schedule expectations as part of workplan development at the start of the summer.
Stipend and Housing
Doyle Fellows earn a $5,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the summer. This is equivalent to ~$16/hr for 30-32 hours per week over 10 weeks. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation. UNH has dorm housing available for rent in the summer for those who might wish to live on campus. Students with demonstrated financial need may apply to NH Sea Grant for housing support.
Application Materials and Deadline
Deadline: February 27, 2023: Applications due at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Recipient Notification: April 2023
Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit the following via our online application form.
Online application portal has closed.
- Responses to Application Questions (downloadable version available in the online application form)
- Names and contact information for two references
All application materials must be submitted via our online application form. Please send any application process questions to NHSG.Fellowships@unh.edu.
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