CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

This program will re-open in September, and applications will be due for Graduate Studies approval in February, 2019.

This award is for students and lecturers interested in obtaining a doctorate toward teaching in a CSU.  The Chancellor’s Office California Doctoral Incentive Program Overview can be viewed here.

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.  Through June 2017, it had loaned some $50 million to doctoral students throughout the nation; 1,320 of these recipients successfully earned doctoral degrees and 61% 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.  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.  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.

The prior years’ eligibility restriction of doctoral students enrolled in CSU Ed.D. programs has been lifted for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 application cycle are now available.  Applications must be complete with all attachments, signed, and delivered in hard copy to Graduate Studies, ADM 146 (or ADM 159 if the Graduate Office is closed) by the campus application deadline of February 9. 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  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. Beverly Grindstaff, Interim Associate Dean (GUP), at beverly.grindstaff@sjsu.edu.


CDIP Recipients 2018/2019

CDIP Recipients 2017/2018