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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

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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Join us for an Upcoming Program Information Session: No additional information sessions are scheduled, but you can still apply! 

If you are not able to attend an information session you can watch a previously recorded session. Passcode: ^AEx946i (UPDATE to "Step 2" below): You must meet with the CDIP Program Coordinator PRIOR to submitting your application on InfoReady)

Application Deadlines

Step 1: Submit your complete application packet (draft) to April Lane by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

  • Your application will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

  • Once your application has been reviewed you will receive an email requesting a short meeting with April Lane. When you meet with April you will be provide with an application submission link and you can then proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Submit your application through InfoReady by: 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2023.

Application Questions: For more information or questions regarding your application packet,  please contact the program application 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 2022-23 Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Scholars: Xavier Resendez, Monica Carbajal, and Isabella Cantu!

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