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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, you will have the information needed to submit your application prior to the campus deadline of January 13, 2023.

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 of up to $30,000 are available, and are forgiven after five years of full-time employment or ten years of part-time employment in the CSU.
  • Small grants are available to support travel to conferences, research, and dissertation writing.
  • Professional development workshops and networking opportunities are organized by the Chancellor's Office.

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 January 13, 2023. 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, 2023.

Informational Workshops

All Info Sessions are on Zoom and you will receive a link prior to the workshop.
Click HERE to RSVP.

  • Tuesday, October 11th: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday, November 18th: 10:00am-11:00am
  • Wednesday, December 7th: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sunday, January 8th: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Application Writing Workshop

Special Note: Only students who have attended an Info Session may participate in the Writing Workshop. Please have your application materials outlined or drafted prior to the workshop.

All Info Sessions are on Zoom and you will receive a link prior to the workshop.
Click HERE to RSVP.

Sunday, January 8, 2023: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CSUN Lecturers Informational Workshop

All Info Sessions are on Zoom and you will receive a link prior to the workshop.
Click HERE to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 12th: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Faculty Commitment to Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program faculty mentor, please click HERE to complete the Commitment to Mentor form.


Please click HERE to access the FAQ.

Additional Information

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