CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Program Description 

This award is for students and lecturers interested in obtaining a doctorate toward teaching in a CSU.  The following PowerPoint presentation from the Chancellor's Office is designed to help you learn more about the program and the application process.

The goal of the program is to increase the pool of qualified candidates for future CSU faculty positions by funding the education of doctoral students. Interested graduate students and lecturers encouraged to apply.  San Jose State’s track record with this program is quite good, as we consistently have been given these awards for a great majority of the applicants we have sponsored.  Among those applying, lecturers have been most successful.  Currently, the program is the largest of its kind in the nation.  

The CDIP is designed to recruit "faculty as diverse as our students" and also seeks to fund applicants in programs the CSU believes will need faculty in the future.  It is open to domestic and international students and to those applying or already attending U.S. PhD institutions and some professional doctoral programs.  DACA students are also eligible.  This is a prestigious and generous award program, providing substantial aid to those who receive the awards.

The CDIP will lend participants who are full-time doctoral students up to $10,000 annually to a limit of $30,000 over a five-year period.  After earning the doctorate, a participant who applies for and is hired in a CSU instructional (tenure-track or lecturer) faculty position will have 20% of the loan forgiven for each year of employment in the CSU.  Recipients of the loan may enroll in any approved doctoral program at any accredited university in the U.S.  Applicants are responsible for obtaining a CSU faculty advisor to assist them through their doctoral studies. 

CDIP Scholars in good standing are eligible for up to three annual Mini-Grants of up to $2,500 each for professional development activities, and up to $1,500 for conference attendance.

CDIP Faculty Mentors are eligible for up to $1,500 for attending conferences with the CDIP Scholar

For a program description and other information, please visit the CSU CDIP website.


How To Apply

Download the application guidelines (PDF) for your review. You will first complete the paperwork for delivery to Graduate Studies in hard copy.  Thereafter, and on or before February 14, 2020, you will upload all of your materials to the online CDIP application (https://calstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1801146).  

Applications must be complete with all attachments and delivered in hard copy to the College of Graduate Studies, ADM 146 (or ADM 159 if the Graduate Office is closed) by the campus application deadline of January 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Graduate Studies will review your submission and assist you in finalizing your application for online submission.

Applicants selection announcements will be made in early May.  For additional information on the program, including how to apply, please see the CDIP brochure and visit the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program page. 

The website has several sections that contain information for

  • Potential Applicants
  • Current Participants
  • Sponsors
  • Coordinators

Interested students can download an application through the CDIP website and current participants can contact the program with questions or updates.  In addition, there is a link to the most recent CDIP annual report.

In addition to the application materials indicated in the application checklist, you must also download and submit with your application a Permission to Publish form.  This form is a campus-specific document and is available only on the Graduate Studies website.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, which will make recommendations to the President for his nominations.  Those nominations will be forwarded to the Chancellor's Office for system-wide review.  For assistance, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jeffrey Honda, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, at jeffrey.honda@sjsu.edu.


CDIP Recipients 2019/2020

CDIP Recipients 2018/2019

CDIP Recipients 2017/2018