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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The goal of the California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to increase the number of faculty with the qualifications, motivation, and skills needed to teach the diverse students of the CSU. CDIP prepares promising doctoral students for CSU faculty positions by providing financial support,mentorship by CSU faculty and professional development and grant resources. It is the largest program of its kind in the U.S.

Interested students must attend one of the Info Sessions in order to apply, or must meet with the Program Coordinator. Once you have attended an Info Session, you will have the information needed to submit your application prior to the campus deadline of February 1, 2022.

Program Details

  • You will be mentored by a CSU faculty mentor in preparation for the CSU job market.  You and your mentor will tailor your Collaborative Plan to include activities that prepare you in terms of teaching, research, and service for the CSU, and you'll get to know the structure and aims of the CSU as well.
  • Loans are available in amounts of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000.  These loans are repayable over a 15-year period, commencing one year after completion of or withdrawal from full time doctoral study.  If a participant is hired in a CSU instructional faculty position after completion of the doctoral degree, 20% of the loan will be forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU, and 10% of the loan will be forgiven for each year of part-time teaching employment.
  • Small grants are available to support travel to conferences, research, and dissertation writing.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time enrollment in a doctoral program in the U.S.
  • Not currently in a probationary/tenure-track CSU instructional faculty position
  • Currently eligible to work in the United States

Application Must Include

  • All applicants must attend an Info Session, or meet with the Program Coordinator.
  • Collaboratively constructed mentoring plan
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Position announcement

Note: All applications must be submitted to the campus coordinator Heidi Schumacher via email,, by the campus deadline of February 1, 2022. Once your application is approved and you are selected as one of CSUN's nominees, you will receive access to submit your final CDIP application to the Chancellor's Office by March 1, 2022.

Informational Workshops

Student Informational Workshops 

Previous Workshops

CSUN Lecturers

  • Wednesday, October 13th: 11:00am-12:00pm


  • Tuesday, November 2nd: 11am-12:00pm
  • Sunday, December 5th: 2:00 pm-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 12th: 10am-11:00am

Additional Information

For more information and to access the application, visit the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)