Graduate Students

Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Fellowship

Through membership in the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, CMEP provides financial support for graduate studies leading to the Masters of Science degree at CSU Monterey Bay. Center research emphases include Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence and Place-Based Conservation. Students applying to the thesis program in Environmental Science at CSUMB or the Marine Science Program at Moss Landing Marine Labs are eligible for funding. Prospective students must have a CSUMB faculty member as their primary advisor.

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Student Support

  • Two years of stipend, $20,000/year. Third year available dependent on thesis progress
  • Full in-state tuition support
  • $10,000 research scholarship
  • Additional travel and research support available

Application Instructions

To begin the application process follow the steps below.

  1. Contact a participating faculty member from the list below about your interest in graduate school and the NOAA funding.
  2. Contact the coordinator for your preferred graduate program (contact information below), Environmental Science at CSUMB or Marine Science at Moss Landing. The graduate coordinators can provide you with information on admission requirements for each program.
  3. Complete the application for the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Graduate Fellowship. Access the application here: 2019 NOAA CCME Graduate Application
  4. Priority Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2019

The application will require the following documents:

  • Personal Statement (The personal statement submitted as part of your graduate school application will suffice).
  • Proposed plan of research. This should be no longer than 2 pages and should cover your proposed graduate research and how it aligns with at least one of the research focus areas of the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). Visit the research page for the National Ocean Service for a comprehensive review of the center's research areas.
  • Academic resume or CV.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts.

Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2019.

If you require assistance during the application process contact us at

Environmental Science

Alyssa Nally, ES Program Coordinator,, (831) 582-4460

Dr. John Olson, Research Interests: Freshwater Ecology, Biological Assessment,

Dr. Eric Crandall, Research Interests: Molecular and Marine Biology,

Dr. Daniel Fernandez, Research Interests: Fog Water Collection and Measurement,

Dr. Nathaniel Jue, Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Genetics,

Dr. Arlene Haffa, Research Interests:, Sustainable Agriculture,

Marine Science

Terra Eggink, MLML Graduate Coordinator,, (831) 771-4401

Dr. Corey Garza, Research Interests: Marine Landscape Ecology,

Dr. Alison Haupt, Research Interests: Kelp Forest Ecology,

Dr. James Lindholm, Research Interests: Sub-tidal ecology, Science-Policy Integration,

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Research Interests: Eco-physiology, Climate Change,

Dr. Steve Moore, Research Interests: Marine Biology and Robotics,

NOAA Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) (Currently not accepting applications)

The NOAA Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) leverages the initial investment made by the agency in the NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers (CSC) to provide funding opportunities for current CSUMB graduate students. GRTSP is intended to help establish a pipeline of well-trained and educated individuals who attend Minority Serving Institutions, and earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that support NOAA’s mission.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at one of NOAA’s EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers in an accredited graduate degree program. Applications are accepted twice a year.

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Night divers collecting data


  • Minimum GPA 3.5 or above for the duration of GRTSP financial support.
  • US Citizen
  • Undergraduate degree in STEM
  • Enrolled in a CSUMB related MS program and matriculated in STEM discipline that directly supports NOAA's mission.
  • Must have completed 1 academic term of graduate coursework.

Student Support

  • $36,000 to support tuition and fees as well as other costs associated with opportunities for professional development
  • $7,000 (maximum) travel cost to support research travel and to present findings at conferences.

For application information contact CMEP Director Dr. Corey Garza, Additional program details and examples of previously funded students can found at the main GRTSP site.