Professional Development & Grants

Through CDIP grants, we aim to support the collaborative activities of our CDIP fellows and their faculty members. Fellows will have the opportunity to use grant funds to further their doctoral training and to attend professional conferences and workshops.

Through research and scholarly attendance at conferences, fellows can enhance their professional development. The goal of the grants is to support fellows by awarding them seed funds to enhance their skills and experience to teach a diverse student body at the CSU.

The program offers two types of grants.

Mini-Grant Program

The Mini-Grant Program offers resources to CDIP Fellows to ensure successful completion of their doctoral training and thereby enhance the competitiveness of their applications for tenure-track instructional faculty positions at CSU campuses.

This program can be used in two ways: First, CDIP Fellows can use the Mini-Grant to implement scholarly and professional development activities from their Collaborative Plan of Support developed with their CDIP faculty mentor. Second, the Mini-Grant can also support scholarly activities related to the CDIP Fellow's dissertation project. Third, Mini-Grant funding can be used to cover conferences in virtual format. The Mini-Grant cannot be used for any type of travel.

Funding (maximum): $2,500

Mini-Grant Application

Activities Period

Application Deadline

Notification Date


Between 11/1 and 10/31



Application Final Expense Report

Travel Grant Program

The Travel Grant Program offers resources to CDIP Fellows to support professional travel related to their field of study. The CDIP Travel Grant Program offers travel support to CDIP Fellows and their CDIP Mentors to give presentations at professional meetings and workshops.

Attending a conference or workshop without presenting will also be funded if the meeting is identified in the original Collaborative Plan of Support. Applications are accepted twice a year, for Fall/Winter travel and Spring/Summer travel. Fellows can apply for both Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer funding, up to $1,500 per trip per application. Mentors can request travel support for one trip per year when accompanying their fellow​​(s), up to $1,500.

Funding for Fellow ​(maximum): $1,500
Funding for Mentor (maximum): $1,500​

Important Dates:

Travel Grant Application

Travel Period

Application Deadline

Notification Date


Between 7/1 and 12/31




Between 1/1 and 6/30



Applica​tion Final Expense Report

NCFDD Membership

CDIP Fellows are eligible to apply for membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community for over 71,000 faculty, post-docs and grad students, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their career. If a Fellow's doctoral institution does not hold an institutional membership, CDIP can pay for individual student membership of $495.

To check for your institution’s membership, click here.

To apply for individual student membership, complete the membership application

Dissertation Fellowship

Ten Dissertation Fellowships in the amount of $5,000 are available for advanced candidate CDIP Fellows and are intended to support Fellows during their doctoral dissertation stage. CDIP invites Fellows to apply for the 2023-24 competition.

Deadline March 15, 2024

Eligibility Criteria:

  • CDIP Fellow in good standing
  • Completed Application
  • Dissertation Abstract
  • One-page timeline for expected completion of dissertation writing and defense/filing
  • Completed chapter of the dissertation
  • A reference letter from the dissertation committee chair​

Evaluation Criteria 

  • ​Scholarly significance of the dissertation research 
  • The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the project will adhere to the proposed timeline ​

Apply to the CDIP Dissertation Fellowship

Directory of Recipients

CDIP Fellows who have graduated or are about to graduate should submit their information to be included in the annual CDIP Directory. The directory is intended to assist CSU campuses in recruiting candidates who would further their goals of creating a faculty with the ability and motivation to educate a diverse student body. Fellows can apply using the application button below.​

Application deadline July 15, 2024.

CSU campus representatives can request their copies by emailing Elizabeth Sanchez at [email protected].