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.

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.

The application period for AY 2018-19 is closed. 

Relevant Materials
Sept. 17, 2018
Announcement released
2018-19 Award Announcement
Oct. 3, 2018
Informational webinar 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Webinar slides and recording
Jan. 31, 2019
Applications due by 5:00 P.M. PST
2018-19 Application Form (Download .zip file containing .docx application)
2018-19 Departmental Commitment Form
April 2019
Applicants notified
May 15, 2019
Award start date
Dec. 1, 2019
Post-Award Reports due
Post-Award Reporting Form


Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years

Previous awards

Student Internships

COAST partners with state and federal agencie s, 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 application period for Summer 2019 is closed. 

Summer 2019 Announcement and Application Form  

2/6/19 Webinar Slides

More about the Summer Internship Program | Photo Gallery | Past Intern Products

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

Student Travel Awards

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 now accepting applications for travel occurring July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Student Travel Award Announcement
Application Form​​​
Departmental Commitment Form​​
Post 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. 

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 s tudents should contact their faculty advisors to learn more and get involved.

2018-19 Key Dates and Resources:
2018-19 Program Description and Guidance  
09/01/18  Project period start date
09/05/18  Webinar #1 (RSVP here)
09/27/18  Webinar #2 (RSVP here)
01/31/19  Interim campus report due to COAST
05/01/19  Final campus report due to COAST
05/06/19  Reports from students not working over the summer due on or before this date
08/15/19  Reports from students working over the summer due on or before this date 
08/31/19  Project period end date

Undergraduate Student Research Award Reports from Prior Years

Previous awards