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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

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Offered by the California State University, the mission of the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to provide professional and academic support to doctoral students aspiring to teach the diverse students of the CSU system. At the foundation of the CDIP is the mentorship between a CSU faculty member and the fellow. The CDIP also provides opportunities for professional development workshops, social connection, grant and research support, and if necessary, financial assistance in the form of a forgivable loan. The program is open to new or continuing full-time doctoral students, undergraduate and master’s level graduate students applying to doctoral programs, and lecturers enrolled in a full-time doctoral program.

What the CDIP Offers:

  • Mentorship by a CSU Faculty Mentor
  • Grant Funding
  • Dissertation Fellowship
  • Institutional Loan up to $10,000 per year, up to a total of $30,000
  • And so much more!
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There are no more information sessions for the 2024-2025 application period, but you can watch a previous session recording. Passcode: kxa1*NH1

Application Deadlines:

  • January 2023: The online application is now open! 
  • January 12, 2024: Application Due Date for Internal Campus Review* The Internal Review deadline has passed, but you can still apply online!
  • March 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.: Online Application Submission Deadline. 

*The Internal Campus Review is not required but strongly recommended. Your application draft will be reviewed by a CSUSB faculty review committee who will then provide feedback on your application. You can then review their suggestions, make any desired updates and then submit by the March 15 deadline.

Application Questions: For more information or questions about the application,  please email the CDIP program coordinator, April Lane, or call (909) 537-7381.

You can also find additional application information, along with templates for the Qualification and Motivation Statement, and the Collaborative Plan of Support, on the CSU Chancellor's Office How to Apply page.

Resources for CDIP applicants (including guidelines, templates, helpful links, and an application planning guide).

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Scholars: Alexandra Khartabil, Holli Rosas, Nikolay Maslov, and Viviana Alvarez Rodriguez! Read more about our prestigious CSUSB Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Fellows!

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