Match for California Sea Grant 2024 Graduate Research Fellowships for CSU Students
CASG pre-proposal deadline:  March 1, 2023, 5:00PM PT​
CASG full proposal deadline:  June 21, 2023, 5:00PM PT
Only applicants who have submitted a pre-proposal may submit a full proposal. 

California Sea Grant (CASG) is offering Graduate Research Fellowships beginning in 2024. Contingent upon receipt of federal funding, the fellowships are available for one or two years for full-time master's and Ph.D. students who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to California at any California academic institution.​ Each fellowship provides an award of up to $45,000 per year to support student academic expenses and professional development opportunities during the fellowship period, focused on science communication, science-to-management processes, outreach, and other California and National Sea Grant mission priorities. CASG anticipates funding nine ​(9) fellowships. 

CASG’s Request for Proposals (RFP) focuses on proposals that respond to and target objectives specific to the Resilient Communities and Economies (RCE) and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) focus areas of their str​ategic plan​ (please note that at this time, CASG will only consider SFA projects related to fisheries for this funding opportunity). The start date for the fellowships is February 1, 2024.

Applicants are required to provide 25% in matching funds from non-federal sources. To facilitate CSU applications, COAST will commit up to $10,000* per CSU applicant (or 25% of the required match, whichever is smaller).  While the COAST contribution will likely not provide all of your required match, we hope this support will enable more students to apply. Additional match may be secured through the commitment of the research mentor’s time, campus provision of facilities and/or equipment, or student volunteer time. Please note, these are examples and the actual types of match you may use are dependent on your situation and campus. 

Process for requesting matching funds from COAST

CASG has a two-phase application process consisting of the submission of pre-proposals followed by full proposals. Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on March 1, 2023. Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on June 21, 2023. You must submit a pre-proposal in order to be invited to submit a full proposal. 

Within 24 hours of the submission of your pre-proposal to CASG (or by 5:00 pm Pacific time, March 2, 2023), submit the following two documents as a single PDF file to [email protected]

- CASG Pre-proposal: submit a copy of the pre-proposal submitted to CASG. 
- Request for Match Support​​​: complete and submit the Request form.

CASG will provide feedback on pre-proposals to applicants by the end of April 2023. Please notify COAST of your decision to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2023.

For applicants who decide to submit a full proposal, COAST will provide a letter of commitment to the relevant campus pre-award office. Further information regarding COAST match will be provided after March 2, 2023.