Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellowship

Now accepting applicants for summer 2018!

Shoals SIRF supports early career and postdoctoral scientists for up to three-month residential fellowships. This program provides financial support for residential research time at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island, Maine that can be used for data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration, among others. Financial support includes: travel allowance, room and board, an honorarium, and research allowance. Fellows will be given lab/office space. The aim of this program is to provide robust training for undergraduate students marine science while simultaneously enhancing the research breadth at SML. The program also seeks to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups conducting research. However, all qualified scientists are encouraged to apply and will be considered equally.

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a marine field station operated jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. The island campus is located 8 miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine. SML is the largest marine lab in the U.S.A. dedicated to undergraduate education and research. SML offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study marine science in the field with exceptional faculty from institutions throughout North America. Instruction at SML is based on giving participants a truly "hands-on" educational experience. SML courses and internships provide rigorous training in many marine subjects and prepare students for careers in the fields of marine biology, and environmental science and sustainability. SML's ethos of responsible natural resource use and management, valuing scientific and community collaboration, and public service guides all SML programs.


  • Priority given to 1 postdoctoral & 1 assistant professor each summer who will conduct field work at SML or use SML data sets (to learn more about available data, please see SML’s website and communicate directly with the contact listed below.)
  • Operating season at SML: May 1 - September 1. Minimum commitment for 2018 Fellows: June 4 – August 11.
  • $500 travel allowance to support travel to/from SML for the program.
  • Honorarium: $3,000/month
  • Benefits include room and board at Shoals Marine Laboratory and use of SML facilities
  • Up to $1,200 research allowance at SML (to pay for research vessel use, research assistance, or supplies that SML will provide or procure for scientists). Durable goods will become the property of SML. These funds are aimed to support active, on-island research while participating in this program.

Requirements and opportunities:

  • Applications are invited for any field-based natural science investigation in the Isles of Shoals. Marine topics are preferred.
  • The Fellows will be based on Appledore Island and expected to reside at SML as their primary residence for a minimum of 4 days a week.
  • Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Research plans must be approved by SML and they must adhere to SML research policies.
  • Fellows are asked to give at least one seminar talk to the island community during their fellowship.
  • Fellows are expected to spend 10 hrs/week mentoring 8-12 undergraduate independent researchers in SML’s Undergraduate Research Internship Program. Fellows will serve as the secondary mentors, complimenting the guidance of each student's primary research mentor (aka the Principle Investigators). Fellows will attend weekly internship seminars where they may be called on to provide a lecture or expertise on field research methodology or some other aspect of independent research training. Lecture time will count towards the 10 hour weekly commitment. Opportunities exist for Fellows to have undergraduates work directly on their own research projects (advanced planning is required and is subject to the availability of funding).
  • Opportunities exist for public outreach and additional income via SML’s Adult & Family Programs in August and September.
  • Fellows will be subject to a background check and will be required to complete the University of New Hsampshire's Protection of Minors training.

To Apply:

A complete application will be a single PDF file containing, in the order shown:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest and availability, including current employment status and eligibility. If you are a postdoc, please include the name and contact information of your supervisor. Please highlight teaching and/or mentoring experience as well as research accomplishments.
  2. Curriculum vitae, including 3 professional references.
  3. A 1-2 page essay describing your intended research at SML. Please include provide sufficient information regarding facilities needs for your work.

Novel media or formats other than PDF essential to an individual’s application may be submitted.

Only complete applications will be accepted.

Send applications by email to Dr. Jennifer Seavey ( using the subject line “Shoals SIRF Application.”

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2018 and finalists will be announced by the end of February.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer Seavey (

Shoals Marine Laboratory Welcome Video
Field work at Shoals

Photo by Jan Factor.