Student Funding

Through funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and each individual CSU campus, COAST provides support to CSU undergraduate and graduate students with the goals of enhancing educational experiences and supporting student success and professional development.  If you have any questions regarding the programs below after reading the program announcements, please see the Student Funding FAQ.

Awardees are responsible for assuring that COAST is acknowledged in any publication (including Web pages) or presentation​ of material based on or developed under the COAST award as CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST).​​

CMSI-COAST Scholars Program

COAST ​​has partnered with the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute ​(CMSI) to create the new CMSI-COAST Scholars program that allows CSU master’s students engaged in ocean and coastal  management issues to participate in the Sustainable Oceans training program​ at UCD. As CMSI-COAST Scholars, second-year CSU master’s students will learn how to incorporate policy into their research as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The Scholars will participate in Sustainable Oceans field trips, basecamps, and research ​symposia​ that will provide opportunities to network with UC Davis faculty and help Scholars develop their theses. 

Three Scholars will be selected annually. Students will apply during the first year of their CSU master’s program and participate in the program during their second year. Scholars will receive a $1,000 stipend plus travel expenses. For AY 2020-2021 Scholars will participate in a week-long field trip in June 2020 and a one-day research symposium and basecamp in Spring 2021. ​

The application period for 2020 is now closed. The 2021 application deadline will be in January 2021. 

Graduate Student Research Awards

COAST provides support to CSU graduate students engaged in marine, estuarine, coastal and coastal watershed research with CSU COAST faculty members. These awards support students interested in pursuing marine-related careers and provide them with the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to join a highly skilled, technologically advanced workforce while promoting and supporting CSU faculty research.

We are now accepting applications for the AY 2020-21 Graduate Student Research Awards Program. PLEASE NOTE: Several sections of the Announcement are new or have been revised from last year. Please ensure you read it in its entirety before applying!​

Relevant Materials
Oct. 5, 2020
Announcement released
2020-21 Award Announcement​​​
Nov. 5, 2020
Informational webinar 1:00-2:00 P.M.​​
Register for the informational webinar
Feb. 1, 2021
Applications due by 5:00 P.M. PST
2020-21 Application Form​​​​ ​​​​​(Download zipped file)
2020-21 Departmental Commitment Form​
April 2021
Applicants notified

May 15, 2021
Award start date

Dec. 1, 2021
Post-Award Reports due
Post-Award Reporting Form​

COAST member database​: use to help identify potential reviewers

​​2020-21 Graduate Student Research Award Program Flyer​​​​

Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years

Previous awards

Student Internships

COAST partners with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and industry to provide paid summer internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Interns work side-by-side with professionals on current projects throughout California. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn technical skills while working with professional marine scientists, field biologists, and policy experts.

The Summer 2020 application period is now closed. 

Previous Interns
Summer 2020​ ​| Summer 2019 Summer 2018Summer 2017Summer 2016 | Summer 2015 | Summer 2014 | Summer 2013 | Summer 2012 | Summer 2011

Student Travel Awards

COAST provides support for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students to attend and present the results of original marine, coastal and coastal watershed research at scientific meetings and conferences.

Due to COVID-19, we are anticipating that all scientific meetings and conferences will be held remotely for the foreseeable future. COAST will accept applications covering registration fees for virtual meetings. 

We are accepting applications for remote meetings occurring July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.

Application deadline: No less than 30 days prior to remote meeting commencement.   

Previous awards

Undergraduate Student Research Support Program

The Undergraduate Student Research Support Program provides $2,500 annually directly to EACH campus to support marine, coastal and coastal watershed related research by CSU undergraduate students. Campus Representatives implement the program on their campus. Interested undergraduate students should contact their faculty advisors to learn more and get involved.

2020-21 Key Dates and Resources:
2020-21 Program Description, Guidance and Requirements  
09/01/20  Project period start date
01/29/21  Interim campus report due to COAST
05/05/21  Final campus report​​ due to COAST

Undergraduate Student Research Award Reports from Prior Years