Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Chancellor's Doctoral
Incentive Program

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of individuals who demonstrate potential as doctoral students and who may be interested in applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP has loaned $49 million to 2,081 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation. More than half CDIP scholars have obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

Program Details

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is a competitive program that provides loans to a limited number of full-time doctoral students at accredited universities across the United States.

  • The program provides loans available of up to $10,000 per year and may borrow a maximum of $30,000 over a five-year period.
  • Loans obtained through this 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.

Who Can Apply

  • The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs at regionally accredited universities anywhere within the United States.
  • Applicants are not required to have attended the CSU nor to have been accepted in a doctoral program at the time of their application.
  • Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure-track CSU faculty member who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student’s educational experience. Learn more about the role of the CDIP Faculty Mentor.

How to Apply

Visit the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program to apply! The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program has two parts, one for the student and one to be completed by the CSU faculty mentor.

Application Deadline

Apply to the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. Applicants should mail the completed application to CSUDH campus coordinator:

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Graduate Studies and Research
Attention: Vanessa Cervantes
Innovation and Instruction Building (I&I), Room 3102
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747

For More Information

For more information please contact Vanessa Cervantes, Graduate Studies Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies and Research, (310) 243-3693, by email, or at the CSU website directly.

Visit the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program.