Funding resources

Some of the funding opportunities available for current and prospective MLML graduate students. Due dates are approximate, based on previous years, and subject to change.

Internal funding sources (MLML, CSU)

  • MLML Scholarships Multiple awards ranging in amount. Applications due early spring semester (February).
  • COAST Student Funding The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology
    • Graduate Student Research Awards can be used for living expenses, research-related expenses or both. Applications due early fall semester (October).
    • Student Travel Awards to present results at meetings and conferences. Rolling application deadline.

External funding sources

  • Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program (NOAA) Support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups. Up to $42,000 per year for multiple years. Prospective students eligible. Applications due late fall semester (December).
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program  Three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. Highly competitive selection process based on intellectual merit and broader impacts of proposed research. Prospective students eligible. Applications due early fall semester (October).
  • AMS Graduate Fellowships American Meteorological Society, publisher of the Journal of Physical Oceanography. One-year stipend. Prospective students only. Applications due winter break/early spring semester (January).
  • Myers Trust grants - $1000-2000 for research, depending on availability of funding. Priority given to students from institutions in central California, and those studying Monterey Bay. Cannot be used for stipends, tuition, publication costs or travel. Applications due early spring semester (February).
  • Nortek Student Equipment Grants Manufacturer of equipment for measuring waves and currents. Equipment loans and travel grants for innovative graduate student research projects. Proposals are accepted every year by 1 February and awards are made in the spring.
  • Seabird Student Equipment Loan Program Physical, biological and chemical sensors.
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences  Several opportunities for research involving diving.

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