Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

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

This exemplary program has been in existence for over 20 years and has resulted in the hiring of over 600 CSU faculty members in a wide range of disciplines. Currently, more than 50 CSULB faculty members are former recipients of this competitive award.

Chancellor Doctoral Incentive Program Fellows:

  • Receive mentorship from a CSULB faculty member to (a) support completion of their doctoral studies and (b) develop their potential for employment as a CSU faculty member;
  • Have access to three CDIP grant programs:
    • Mini-Grants: up to $2500 for collaborative activities and research-dissertation activities (e.g., research supplies, small equipment, computer programs, software, books, journal subscriptions)
    • Travel Grants: up to $1,500 in travel funds to participate in professional meetings, conferences, and workshops (mentors are also eligible for $1500 in travel funds!)
    • Dissertation Fellowships: up to $5,000  in funds to support the completion of doctoral studies in the final year of the dissertation
  • Can choose to receive a loan of up to $10,000 per year for three years (max. $30,000), which will be forgiven at 20% per year for each year of fulltime postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.


Applicants must be ONE of the following:

  • New or continuing full-time doctoral student currently enrolled in an accredited program in the U.S., 
  • Undergraduate and master’s level graduate students (CSU students included) in the process of applying to an accredited doctoral program in the U.S., or 
  • Lecturer (including current CSU lecturer) enrolled full-time in a doctoral program 

Applicants are not required to have attended a CSU for eligibility.

Applicants in professional doctoral degree programs (e.g., EdD) may apply only if: 

o   They are not in or applying to a CSU EdD program,

o   The doctoral program’s mission explicitly includes preparation and training of future university faculty members, 

o   They can present evidence that graduates of the program have become faculty members at the CSU or comparable universities, and 

o   The doctoral degree is in a discipline in which they are currently teaching as a lecturer or will be teaching as a lecturer.


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