Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship

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 researchers 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.

Program Goals:

  • 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
  • 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

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

Contact

Lindsey Williams
Fellowship Program Leader
Lindsey.Williams@unh.edu

Michelle Lemos
Application and Program Support
Michelle.Lemos@unh.edu


Fellowship Timeline
  • March 21, 2022: Applications due at 11:59 p.m. ET for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2022.
  • Early April 2022: Applicant review and project matching with mentors
  • April 2022: Applicant notification and employment/HR process
  • June 1 , 2022: Fellowship begins
  • August 15, 2022: Fellowship ends

NH Sea Grant will host up to four Doyle Fellows in 2022, working on a subset of the projects listed below. Students will focus on one project based on their skills and interests and will be matched with a project topic in support of the NH Sea Grant's Strategic Plan and Focus Areas. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their colleagues working on other projects as well. Specific project workplans will be developed jointly by the selected Fellows and their summer mentors to bridge applicant interests and project needs. Tentative projects for summer 2022 are listed here:

2022 Tentative Doyle Projects

​​​​Background: The NH Green Crab Project has been researching when green crabs molt in order to explore the feasibility of a soft-shell crab market (similar to blue crabs) and subsequently a potential fishery.

Fellow role: Opportunity to work with interested members of the NH Seacoast community to explore development of culturally relevant seafood products, conduct market analysis, and/or contribute to research and monitoring of crab life history characteristics.

Background: Shellfish safety is critical to the human and economic health of the Seacoast region and neighboring states. Ongoing efforts to monitor for and control contamination are essential.

Fellow role: 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.

Background: The Coastal Research Volunteers engage volunteers in meaningful science and stewardship to enhance local coastal research. The program connects volunteers with researchers and natural resource managers in the New Hampshire Seacoast. Current projects include beach profiling, dune restoration, eel monitoring, rockweed phenology, and more.

Fellow role: Support a range of program related activities including working with data collected by volunteers, supporting volunteer projects in the field, designing outreach and communication materials, developing curriculum, and more.

Background: New Hampshire CoastWise is a year-long, cohort-based immersion program for students and professionals working on coastal resilience and marine resource management issues in the state. Designed to build new skills and stronger networks, CoastWise seeks to cultivate an engaged and diverse workforce to better tackle the challenges facing our coasts (including upland watersheds) to support more engaged and impactful coastal research across disciplines. 

Fellow role: Support workshop design and program evaluation activities, attend program activities, and develop educational modules and/or communication materials for the program.

Background: Women are significantly under-represented in many marine science and technology fields, but make up over half of the seafood related workforce globally. The implications of the exclusion of women’s voices in various marine related venues include, but are not limited to, an incomplete picture of marine social-ecological systems, unnecessary narrowing of the talent pool for innovation, and neglect of key issues of interest to a range of stakeholders.

Fellow role: Support expansion of a previous social science research pilot study in MA and RI to NH and Maine to better understand pathways and experiences of women in marine related careers. Fellow will gain broad social science research skills and experience working with qualitative data.

Background: Aquaculture has the potential to sustainably produce seafood while helping fishing and coastal communities build resilience to environmental and economic change. NH Sea Grant has been developing, educating and training individuals in responsible aquaculture methods.  Current projects include an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) demonstration project as well as research on kelp, mussels, oysters, shrimp, steelhead trout, and striped bass.

Fellow role: Support a range of research, monitoring, and outreach projects.

Background: The goals of “Climate in the Classroom” are to:

  1. Build climate literacy among middle- and high-school students in New Hampshire
  2. Support teachers in integrating climate change in their classrooms
  3. Empower students to engage their family and community members in discussion around climate change.

Fellow role: Work with project staff and partners to develop new program offerings and partnerships to enhance inclusive climate education that accounts for diverse ways of knowing and different learning styles.

Background: Each summer, NH Sea Grant hosts a series of educational cruises for families and the interested public to learn more about our coasts.  

Fellow role: Work with NH Sea Grant staff and partners to support updates to cruise programming to include additional topics and/or develop new cruise itineraries (Indigenous perspectives, NH aquaculture, cultural history, and more).  Work with partners to explore expanded accessibility options on cruises for those with limited mobility, hearing impairments, loss of vision, etc.

Background: Communications serves as a central hub for NH Sea Grant's work – helping to connect our research, extension, and education efforts with diverse audiences through rich, authentic, and visually-appealing stories, photos, videos, and online content.

Fellow role: Develop and apply approaches to increase accessibility of NH Sea Grant communications and outreach materials including (but not limited to): closed captioning, translation, multi-media, etc. Support efforts to incorporate inclusive SciComm practices throughout NH Sea Grant work.

Background: This summer, our UNH Marine Docents will host interactive, in-person programs at libraries throughout New Hampshire as part of the national summer reading program's theme, "Ocean of Possibilities." 

Fellow role: Work with NH Sea Grant staff, Marine Docents, and library partners to support visits to libraries throughout NH, plan and execute an evaluation process to determine the value/use of this program, take part in informal marine education by leading program elements at libraries. 

 

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)

Eligibility

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 2022 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 2022. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact or fellowship manager directly (Lindsey.Williams@unh.edu).

Time Commitment

10-week summer fellowship with approximate dates of June 1-August 15, 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 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 (TBA). Students with demonstrated financial need may apply to NH Sea Grant for housing support.

Application Materials and Deadline

Deadline: Thank you for your interest in our Doyle Fellowship. The application window for Sumer 2022 has closed.

Recipient Notification:  April 2022

Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit:

  1. Responses to Application Questions (downloadable version available in the online application form)
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Names and contact information for two references

All application materials must be submitted via our online application.  Please send any questions you have on the application process to NHSG.Fellowships@unh.edu.