The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

The goal of the California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to increase the number of faculty with the qualifications, motivation, and skills needed to teach the diverse students of the CSU.

CDIP prepares promising doctoral students for CSU faculty positions by providing financial support, mentorship by CSU faculty and professional development and grant resources. It is the largest program of its kind in the U.S.

Find the application guidelines on the Chancellor's website. You may also connect directly with the CDIP Office by phone by calling (562) 951-4424 for more assistance.

Award & Funding

Program Benefits:

  • Financial Loan
    • CDIP offer’s loans up to $10,000 per year over 5 years with a maximum of $30,000.
    • 1 year grace period
    • Repayable over 15 years if withdrawn from doctoral study or become faculty at non-CSU campus
    • Forgivable at the rate of 20% per year of full-time teaching appointment at any CSU or 10% each year for half-time teaching appointment at any CSU
    • CDIP Scholar Development Programs
      • Mini-Grant Program – up to $2,500 for Scholar and $1,200 for Faculty Mentor to support research, teaching or creative activities including thesis & dissertation projects
      • Travel Grant Program – biannual call for applications, up to $1,500 per trip for Scholar and $1,200 for Faculty Mentor to fund Scholar’s participation in workshops/conferences


Applicant Eligibility:

  • Enrollment or employment in the CSU is not required
  • Undergraduate or Master’s level graduate students in the application process to accredited doctoral programs in the U.S.
  • New/Continuing full-time doctoral students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the U.S.
  • Lecturers who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program
    • (25% of the awards are expected to be made to individuals who have served in CSU positions represented in the CFA in the last two years)
  • Must have a CSU Faculty Mentor – faculty mentor must be full-time tenure or tenure-track
    • Provide advising and network opportunities throughout the CDIP Scholar’s educational experience
    • Help Scholar to understand the workings of higher education institutions
    • Aid in the development skills relevant to success as a CSU tenure-track faculty both as a researcher and a teacher
    • Jointly develop the written Collaborative Plan of Support


Application Requirements (InfoReady)

  • Complete Application Form on CSU Chancellor’s Office InfoReady website
  • Current Curriculum Vitae – limit up to 4 pages
  • Statement of Qualifications & Motivation – limit up to 3 pages
  • Collaborative Plan of Support – co-constructed with Faculty Mentor and applicant
  • Three professional letters of recommendation – one must be from Faculty Mentor
    • If currently enrolled in a doctoral program, one letter must be from a faculty member at that institution
  • Recent CSU faculty position announcement in the applicant’s field


SSU CDIP Campus Coordinator Timeline:

  • Contact Chancellor’s Office to provide SSU Campus Coordinator information and schedule a time for CO Team to come to SSU to present to faculty/students about the program
  • Determine SSU Campus Application Review Committee
  • Applications due 2/1/2019
  • Application Review Committee reviews all applications; completes the CDIP Applicant Summary Form (Form A)
  • Send Application Summary Form to President’s office about your selections
  • Obtain a letter from the President addressed to Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (see Sample Letter)
  • Complete Nominations Cover Sheet (Form B) and mail all applications and documents by 3/8/2019.
Date Information
October 3, 2020
Applicant & Faculty Mentor Application Deadline
March 8, 2019
SSU CDIP Committee Deadline to Chancellor’s Office