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).
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.
The application period for the AY 2020-21 Graduate Student Research Awards Program is now closed.
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
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.
Previous InternsSummer 2020 | Summer 2019 | Summer 2018 |
Summer 2017 | Summer 2016 |
Summer 2015 |
Summer 2014 |
Summer 2013 |
Summer 2012 | Summer 2011
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.
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 date01/29/21 Interim campus report due to COAST05/05/21 Final campus report due to COAST05/05/21
Individual student report due to COAST (for students who ARE NOT working over the summer) 08/11/21 Individual student report due to COAST (for students who ARE working over the summer)
08/31/21 Project period end date
2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Awards Report 2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Awards Report
COAST offers up to $5,000 in match support for CSU graduate students applying to the
CASG 2022 Graduate Research Fellowships. CASG is offering $40,000/year fellowships for one or two years for full-time Masters and Ph.D students who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to California. Please see more information