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 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 bascamp in Spring 2021.
The application period for 2020 is now closed. The 2021 application deadline will be in January 2021.
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 AY 2019-20 is now closed. The AY 2020-21 application period will be announced in September 2020.
COAST member database: use to help identify potential reviewers
2019-20 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.
The Summer 2020 application period is now closed.
Previous InternsSummer 2019 | Summer 2018 |
Summer 2017 | Summer 2016 |
Summer 2015 |
Summer 2014 |
Summer 2013 |
Summer 2012Summer 2011
COAST provides travel 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.
We are accepting applications for travel occurring April 1-June 30, 2020.
Student Travel Award AnnouncementApplication Form
Departmental Commitment FormPost Award Reporting Form
Application deadline: No less than 60 days prior to scheduled departure date, OR your internal campus deadline for international travel, whichever is greater. No less than 30 days prior to scheduled departure date for domestic travel, OR your internal campus deadline for domestic travel, whichever is greater. US Territories are considered international for this purpose.
State travel ban: Please note that per CSU Travel Policy and Assembly Bill 1887, COAST cannot support travel to certain states. Please see the
Attorney General's website for more details and a list of states on the travel ban list.
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.
2019-20 Key Dates and Resources:2019-20 Program Description, Guidance and Requirements 09/03/19 Project period start date09/25/19 Webinar (RSVP
here )01/31/20 Interim campus report due to COAST05/06/20 Final campus report due to COAST
2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Awards Report 2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Awards Report 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Awards Report2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Awards Report2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Awards Report