CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The California State University is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). 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.  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. Currently, the program is the largest of its kind in the nation.  Through June 2015, it had loaned some $47 million to doctoral students throughout the nation; 1,245 of these recipients successfully earned doctoral degrees and over half have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

Applicants in all fields in which CSU campuses employ faculty are eligible regardless of gender or ethnicity.  The program gives primary consideration to candidates in fields in which CSU campuses anticipate the greatest difficulty in filling potential future instructional faculty positions, although this distinction is rarely made by the CSU committee that decides on the awards.  It is open to domestic and international students and to those applying or already attending U.S. PhD institutions and some professional doctoral programs.  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)l 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.  Once in a doctoral program, awardees and their CSU mentors become eligible for additional funding for travel to professional conferences through the Chancellor's Mini-Grant program.  For a program description and other information, please visit the CSU CDIP website.

New This Year:

The prior years’ eligibility restriction of doctoral students enrolled in CSU Ed.D. programs has been lifted for the 2016-2017 application. However, given that the CSU Ed.D. programs were established for the purpose of preparing administrative leaders for the California public education system (California Education Code 66040.3), applicants pursuing professional doctorates from CSU Ed.D. programs as well as DNP and online programs must make a strong case for how their doctoral programs prepare them to be qualified and competitive for CSU faculty positions.  To be clear, whereas formerly the Chancellor's Office would not accept applicants in online or professional doctoral programs, such as DNP or Ed.D. programs, those applicants may now apply to the CDIP if they plan to pursue a tenure-track instructional faculty position AND their doctoral program’s mission explicitly includes preparation and training of future university faculty members (evidence of latter must be provided by applicant).

How To Apply

Online applications for the 2016-2017 application cycle are now available.  The application deadline to the Graduate Studies office in ADM 223B is February 12, 2016. Selection announcements will be made in early May. For additional information on how to apply, please visit the CSU's 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. Ted Butryn, Faculty Administrator Graduate Studies (GUP), at theodore.butryn@sjsu.edu.


CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Past Winners

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Systemwide Selection Committee recently met in early spring 2015 to review all of the applications submitted systemwide.  San Jose State University is pleased to announce its sole applicant received this prestigious award. Read more about Frank Ortega and his mentor here.