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 2021 Doyle Fellowships:

  • Application Deadline: March 9, 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.

Application Materials: 

Students interested in applying for a Doyle Fellowship must submit:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation from faculty member or advisor

The Cover Letter should include a NH Sea Grant program focus area and/or specific 2020 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. 2020 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:

  1. 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 the impacts of aquacultue 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
  2. Beach Profiling and Dune Restoration Fellow
    The majority of the fellow’s responsibilities will relate to extension and engagement activities for beach and dune research and management projects with an ultimate goal of increasing the resilience of NH’s coast. As a result of this internship, the intern will 1. gain valuable field experience in applied coastal research and stewardship methods, 2. develop critical science communication skills connecting data to management needs, and 3. develop a professional network. The specific activities include assisting with data collection and volunteer training for monthly beach profile data collection, developing communications products for data from the beach profile monitoring program that align with identified stakeholder information needs, and participating in sand dune research and restoration activities.
    Mentor: Dr. Alyson Eberhardt, Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist for NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
  3. Coastal Landowner Technical Assistance Program Fellow
    (also offered as a UNH Extension Internship - click here)
    Mentor: Dr. Alyson Eberhardt, Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist for NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension

To apply:

Application Deadline: March 9, 2021. Materials can be submitted electronically to

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.


Erik Chapman
NH Sea Grant Director

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:

20192018 | 2017 | 2016
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Connect to Conserve

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