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 2014, it had loaned some $46 million to doctoral students throughout the nation; 1,205 of these recipients successfully earned doctoral degrees and 56% 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 website at http://www.calstate.edu/hr/cdip/.

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.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Graduate Studies & Research.

CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Past Winners

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Systemwide Selection Committee recently met in early spring 2014 to review all of the applications submitted systemwide.  San Jose State University is pleased to announce that five applicants from this university were accepted.  Read more about the winners and their mentors here.