Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

Application Information

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Program Details

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of promising doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for future CSU instructional faculty positions. The program seeks to accomplish this goal by providing financial aid in the form of loans to doctoral students with the motivation, skills, and experience needed to teach the diverse student body of the CSU.

NOTE: Acceptance into the CDI Program does not guarantee future CSU employment for the student, and campus representatives should be certain to avoid implying or representing any such commitment.

Program Highlights

  • Loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000.
  • Loans obtained through the program are repayable over a 15-year period, commencing one year after completion of, or withdrawal from, full-time doctoral study.
  • If a participant applies, competes for, and is hired in a CSU instructional faculty position after completion of the doctoral degree, 20 percent of the loan will be forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.
  • Part-time teaching in the CSU may also be considered for partial loan forgiveness, if the participant teaches at least half-time and has successfully completed the doctorate degree.

Other Provisions of the Program

  • Receipt of a loan through this program and completion of the doctorate does not in any way guarantee employment as a faculty member at a CSU campus nor does it obligate the recipient to accept such employment, if applied for and offered.
  • Individual CSU academic departments may have faculty recruitment and appointment requirements in addition to an earned doctorate (e.g., possession of a teaching credential; a Ph.D. instead of an Ed.D.; a doctorate in a specific subdiscipline; etc.). It is the applicant's responsibility to be aware of such requirements.
  • Funds for the CDIP are contingent on the California State University Board of Trustees' approval each year of the Lottery Revenue Budget, which funds the program.

Participant Eligibility

New or continuing full-time students who will be in doctoral programs at accredited universities anywhere in the United States are invited to apply for a loan from the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program.

CDIP is designed as a recruitment incentive program open to all graduate students at accredited institutions who are not probationary or tenured faculty members in the CSU. Lecturers are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Enrollment or employment in the California State University is not required for loan approval. However, approximately one-fourth of the awards are expected to be made to individuals who have served in CSU positions represented by the California Faculty Association in the last two years.

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