Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

Participant Eligibility

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

  • New or continuing full-time doctoral students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the U.S.;

  • Undergraduate and master’s level graduate students in the application process to accredited doctoral programs in the U.S.;

  • Lecturers who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program are eligible and encouraged to apply. However, probationary or tenured faculty members in the CSU are not eligible regardless of their status in a doctoral program.

Special considerations for students in professional and online doctoral degree programs:

Most professional doctoral degree programs (such as Ed.D., DNP, DPT, and PsyD) as well as online degree programs are designed for developing advanced administrative and/or applied skills in a profession that are required for entrance into a non-academic career. Applicants in a professional doctoral and/or online program 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 (evidence of latter must be provded by applicant).


The prior years’ eligibility restriction of doctoral students enrolled in CSU Ed.D. programs has been lifted for the 2016-2017 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 must make a strong case for how their doctoral programs prepare them to be qualified and competitive for CSU faculty positions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Enrollment or employment in the California State University is not required for participation in the program. 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 United States.