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).
Please use the Past Student Awards page to access information on previous awards made to CSU students through our different funding programs.
This new COAST program provides support to CSU undergraduate and graduate students to increase participation in ocean and coastal field experiences by economically challenged students. Students can request funding to allow them to
- Purchase personal gear needed to engage in field work.- Travel to take a field course or conduct course-based field work.- Pay fees and other costs for field courses (broadly defined).
- Purchase personal gear needed to engage in field work.
- Travel to take a field course or conduct course-based field work.
- Pay fees and other costs for field courses (broadly defined).
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 2023 |Summer 2022 |Summer 2021 | Summer 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 ocean and coastal research at scientific meetings and conferences.
We are accepting applications for travel occurring October 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.
The Undergraduate Student Research Support Program provides $5,000 annually directly to EACH campus to support ocean and coastal 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.
The 2023-24 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program is now open. Please read the
Program Description, Guidance and Requirements Annoucement for full details and reporting materials.
2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Awards Report
COAST offers up to $10,000 in match support for CSU graduate students applying to the
CASG 2024 Graduate Research Fellowships. CASG is offering $45,000/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