Eligibility Requirements

Academic Status

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program is intended to support doctoral students who will pursue CSU instructional faculty positions. As such, those who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply to the CDIP:

  • Undergraduate and master’s level graduate students in the application process to accredited doctoral programs in the United States;
  • New or continuing full-time doctoral students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the United States.

CSU Employment

  • Lecturers who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program are eligible and encouraged to apply. Probationary or tenured faculty members in the CSU are not eligible, however, regardless of their status in a doctoral program;
  • Although enrollment or employment in the CSU is not required for participation in the program, approximately one-fourth of the awards are expected to be made to applicants who have served in the last two years in CSU positions represented by the California Faculty Association.

Professional or Online Doctoral Programs

Applicants in professional doctoral degree programs (such as, DNP, DPT, and PsyD), as well as online degree programs, may apply to the CDIP only 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 (applicant must provide evidence of this).

CSU Ed.D. programs were established to prepare administrative leaders for the California public education system, the CDIP is no longer awarded to those seeking an Ed.D. from a California State University. If you are applying to other universities outside of the CSU system, applicants in these programs must make a strong case for how their program prepares them to be qualified and competitive for CSU faculty positions.


U.S. citizenship is not required, but applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Information about eligibility and selection criteria can be found on the CDIP Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Process webpage.