Estuary and Ocean Science Scholarship

The Estuary and Ocean Science Scholarship supports graduate student success in marine and coastal research and science engagement. Criteria: 1) 1st, 2nd or 3rd year in a graduate degree program conducting research focused on topics in marine and coastal science who are mentored by faculty based at the Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. 2) Must have logged at least 15 hours of volunteer work with the Educational Outreach Coordinator for conducting science engagement work with EOS Center science outreach programs. Awards are for up to $2000

Estuary and Ocean Science Opportunity Scholarship

The Estuary and Ocean Science Opportunity Scholarship supports graduate student success in marine and coastal research and science engagement for students who have demonstrated financial need. Criteria: 1) 1st, 2nd or 3rd year in a graduate degree program conducting research focused on topics in marine and coastal science who are mentored by faculty based at the Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. 2) Must have logged at least 15 hours of volunteer work with the Educational Outreach Coordinator for conducting science engagement work with EOS Center science outreach programs. 3) Students who meet the AB540 definition are eligible to apply. 4) Must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application. 5) Must have financial need as determined by FAFSA or the California Dream Application. Awards are for up to $2000

San Francisco State Basic Needs Initiatives

Basic needs in the higher education setting refers to those things that are necessary for students to be active and engaged learners, with an equitable opportunity for full participation in curricular and co-curricular offerings of the University. These basic needs can include, but are not limited to, safety, access to quality mental health services, food security, and housing security.

Basic Needs Mission:

To address student hunger and homelessness through the development of sustainable and student-informed programs and policies that support the educational mission.

Core programs now available to students who are experiencing food and/or housing insecurity include:

  • Associated Students Pop-Up Food Pantry
  • Be a Good Neighbor: Feed a Gator Meal Distribution Program
  • CalFresh Enrollment Assistance
  • California Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accepted at campus Subway
  • Emergency Housing through Residential Life
  • HOPE Crisis Fund - Dean of Students Office

Students who wish to access services to address basic needs can meet with the Dean-on-Call, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by stopping by Suite 403 in the Student Services Building (SSB 403), calling (415) 338-3888 to schedule an appointment, or emailing with inquiries.

College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) Scholarship Website


Scholarships for Fall 2018 Semester


College of Science & Engineering Advisory Board Scholarship ($2,500)

Awarded to one graduate student in the College of Science & Engineering


Bruce A. Rosenblatt Community Service Scholarships ($1,250) 

Awarded to four undergraduate or graduate students with 100 hours of Community Service


James C. Kelley Scholarship ($1,000)

Awarded to TWO undergraduate or graduate student in the field of Marine or Environmental Science


David & Cary Cassa Memorial Scholarships ($1,000)

Awarded to two College of Science & Engineering undergraduate students who live in San Francisco


Kenneth Fong Biology Scholarship ($1,250)

Awarded to one undergraduate student in the Department of Biology


C.Y. Chow Memorial Scholarships ($1,000)

Awarded to two undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science or Mathematics


Pamela Fong Mathematics Scholarship ($1,250) 

Awarded to one undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics


Application Deadline: April 6, 2018

Questions? Contact Lannie Nguyen at

SF State IRA Travel Award 2018

COAST Student Internships Summer 2018

Want to get paid to explore the ocean, develop new marine technology, or help to protect endangered species? Then apply for a COAST Summer Student Internship today! COAST offers PAID internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Work side-by-side with professional scientists and experts on current projects and gain valuable experience and technical skills. “Overall, this internship has been the best experience I’ve had in my undergraduate career and I feel like I’m closer to accomplishing my goal of becoming a professional biologist.” -Stephanie King, Marine Biology CSU Long Beach Fifteen (15) internships are available throughout the state for Summer 2018. Each internship offers a $5,000 stipend for a 10-week commitment. For more information and to apply, go to Application Deadline: March 5, 2018, 5:00 pm Pacific time

Schmidt Ocean Institute Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

Opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to take part in seagoing scientific research. More informations at Deadline: December 29, 2017 "Schmidt Ocean Institute seeks to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a chance to take part in seagoing scientific research aboard Falkor in coordination with our organization and the principal investigators leading at-sea research projects. Schmidt Ocean Institute aims to support technologically advanced research at sea and openly communicate the findings of our supported research cruises. The Student Opportunities Program enables us to support training of the next generation of ocean scientists and technology developers and ignite the spark of passion for ocean exploration in their minds. We hope that by offering indispensable ocean-going experience, participating students will gain invaluable skills at sea while working with advanced oceanographic tools and technologies."

Garden Club of America Coastal Wetlands Studies Scholarship

The Garden Club of America provides an Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies. The scholarship originated in 1966 when the Rockefeller Fund was established for the purpose of promoting environmental education. In 1999, Mrs. Edward Elliman, a member of the Rockefeller family and the Hortulus Garden Club chose to promote wetlands conservation through the support of young scientists in their field work and research. The award is a one-year, $5,000 scholarship to support graduate-level field-based research in coastal wetlands. The scholarship is administered by the Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at the College of William & Mary. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee of practicing wetland scientists. Eligibility: - Must be enrolled in a graduate program at a university within the U.S. - Field-based study must be in coastal wetlands in the U.S., defined as tidal or nontidal wetlands within the coastal states, including the Great Lake states. - A student may apply to only one GCA-sponsored scholarship per year. - Must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Selection Criteria: - Technical merit of proposed work. - Degree to which the work is relevant to the Garden Club objective of promoting wetlands conservation. - There is a preference for students who are early in their degree programs. Application opens: December 1 Deadline: January 15 See application requirements for detailed instructions:

University of Michigan Environmental Fellows Program-Summer 2018 Opportunity

Applications OPEN. Deadline to apply is February 7, 2018 The Environmental Fellows Program involves: · A 13-week fellowship at either an environmental grantmaking foundation, or at one of their grantees. Past placement sites include: Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Earthjustice; Toxics Action Center, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and many more! · Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000 plus a travel allowance. · Last year's cohort worked on a wide variety of issues: environmental health, clean energy, marine conservation, transit solutions, energy justice, to name just a few! · Fellowship placement sites are available in a range of places included but not limited to: New York City, Boston/New England region, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor, MI · Fellows receive training in: diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional culture; and professional development. For more information and to apply please visit If you have questions about the Environmental Fellows Program please feel free to contact Molly Lutton at or 734-936-0900.


The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation invites applications from highly talented graduate students in New England and California for Switzer Environmental Fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The Fellowship includes a $15,000 cash award for academic studies, and two multi-day leadership development trainings. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to assist graduate students in a broad range of environmental science and related fields. Guidelines and instructions are available on our website at All applications must be submitted online per the instructions. Deadline for Applications: January 8, 2018
The Switzer Foundation is interested in applications from both terminal Master’s degree students and doctoral students. Master’s students who are likely to continue to a doctoral program should not apply until the doctoral stage. To be eligible, PhD students must have completed at least three years of doctoral study as of July 1, 2018 or have passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2018, no exceptions. All potential applicants must be U.S. citizens in order to be eligible. How to Apply The online application form and instructions are available on our website at All applications must be submitted by January 8, 2018, with all required documentation. Paper applications, incomplete applications, or late submissions will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Foundation staff by phone at 207-338-5654 or by e-mail as follows: • For eligibility and general questions: Erin Lloyd, Program Director - • For technical assistance with online applications: Don Brackett, Administrative Director -

NOAA - Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is administered through the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and subject to appropriations. It is funded annually with 1% of the amount appropriated each fiscal year to the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to carry out the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. October 20, 2016 – Application Process Opens December 9, 2016 – Application Process Closes May 27, 2017 – Scholarships Announced June 1, 2017 – Scholarship Funds Available June/July/August 2017 – Mandatory Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars Orientation Retreat and Training Paper applications should be sent by the deadline listed above to the address below: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor Rm 11423 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Please keep in mind, that successful scholarship applicants have worked closely with sanctuary research and education coordinators to develop and tailor their projects and applications. Please plan ahead and do not wait until the last two weeks of the application period to contact sanctuary coordinators. Here is the link to the application. Check periodically for the open period to apply: Here is the link to the Greater Farallones Science Needs documents:

SF Bay Scholarship

Students at RTC may apply for this $250-500 scholarship once each academic year, either in Fall or Spring. Recipients are asked to complete 10 hours of volunteer outreach and/or community service in consultation with the RTC Outreach Coordinator, Erin Blackwood. To apply for the SF Bay Scholarship, go to

COAST 2017-18 Graduate Student Research Award Program

The 2017-18 COAST Graduate Student Research Award Program is now accepting applications. Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years and the full announcement and all required forms are available at:

Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT. ALL materials MUST be submitted by this deadline. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Historically, these awards have been very competitive. Students should read the announcement carefully and consult with their advisor as they develop their application. 

IRA Student Travel for Fall 2017

These funds will provide partial support for travel, primarily in Fall 2017 (but some Spring 2018 awards are also possible).  The maximum award per student is $600 per year.  We frequently receive student requests that exceed $600.  So, students are reimbursed a fraction of their travel costs. Please note the IRA travel funds are for travel to conferences to present student research (not for simple attendance or for travel to research field sites).  In addition, in the past we have been challenged by cases where students do not submit reimbursement documents in a timely manner or who do not use their IRA award (and don’t notify us).  

For full IRA application guidelines and documents visit the Academic Affairs Office website.

The deadline for IRA Student travel applications is Thursday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 3 PM.  Applications arriving after the deadline may receive funding, but may also receive a lower priority (depending on available funds).   Complete applications should be delivered to the CoSE office (Thornton 323).  Ask that your faculty mentors assist you with the submission of complete application packages.  We frequently receive incomplete applications and this greatly delays the awards process.

SF State Scholarships

A full list of SF State scholarship options are here:

Biology Department

Graduate support opportunities for the Biology Department are posted here:

SEO Office

Scholarship options are primarily to increase diversity of the scientific workforce in biomedical sciences, but students working at RTC have been awarded those scholarships in the past.