Skip to Main Content
Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Search for a program . . . find your future.

California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Click Here to Learn More and Apply! 

Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

The California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in the United States. It is comprised of 23 campuses with an enrollment of almost 427,000 students, and approximately 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU offers over 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs, a select number of joint doctoral programs, and doctoral programs in education, nursing and physical therapy.

The purpose of the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to increase the number of individuals who show potential as doctoral students and who have serious interests in pursuing a tenure-track faculty position at one of the CSU campuses. This is accomplished by providing financial aid in the form of loans and faculty mentorship to graduate students in accredited doctoral programs in the U.S. with the motivation, skills, and experience needed to teach the diverse student body in the CSU. The monies may be used strategically to support travel, as research seed funds, workshops, guest lecturing, and many other activities that support professional development in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Benefits of the CDIP

* Loans up to $10,000 per year with a maximum amount of $30,000 over the duration of the doctoral study

* Repayable over a 15-year period commencing one year after completion of, or withdrawal from, full-time doctoral study;

* Forgivable at the rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.

* Mentorship by a CSU faculty member who will

* support the CDIP Scholars' successful completion of their doctoral studies;

* enhance the CDIP Scholars' potential for employment in a tenure-track instructional faculty position at a CSU campus.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2014, the program has loaned $46 million to 2,006 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation, and 1,205 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees. Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees as of June 2014, 600 (50 percent) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

NOTE: We have variable deadlines across the 23 campuses. They all fall somewhere between January and February of each year.

Participating Institution(s):
This program has 24 participating institutions.
click this image to contract list of participating institutions(Click an institution to see all programs it hosts)
California State University System (Lead)
California Maritime Academy
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Bernardino
California State University, San Marcos
California State University, Stanislaus
Humboldt State University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Sonoma State University

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 
Learn More and Apply!

Page last updated 8/30/2018
Click here to submit updates to this program listing!

Create your own user feedback survey


a flag denotes an institution that is the lead of an allianceInstitution that is the lead of an alliance

An exclamation point denotes a program with an upcoming deadlineUpcoming deadline

an airplane denotes a study abroad opportunityProgram includes a study abroad component

icon indicating a short-term opportunityDifferent from a program, an opportunity is generally short-term; they include paid workshops, travel funds, or professional development opportunities

icon indicating a nationwide programNationwide programs are not based at individual institutions

an airplane denotes a study abroad opportunityProgram Just Posted

a suitcase denotes portable fundingPortable Funding

a globe denotes funding for international studentsFunds International Students

a checkbox denotes a program recently updatedProgram recently updated