California Pre-Doctoral Program and Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Compared

Overview of the differences between the CSU California Pre-Doctoral Program and the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP): 

The California Pre-Doctoral Program supports CSU undergraduates and graduate students who are studying in the CSU and want to go on for a Ph.D.  It provides mentoring support for these students, during the year in which they are named as California Pre-Doctoral Program (“Sally Casanova”) Scholars, and provides funding to attend conferences, visit Ph.D. programs in which they are interested, take GRE preparation courses, join professional organizations, subscribe to professional journals, and pay for Ph.D. program application fees. It also provides full funding for a summer research experience, if approved, following the Pre-Doctoral year.

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program supports students (whether or not from the CSU) who are enrolled in (or applying to) Ph.D. programs who want to come teach in the CSU after they receive a Ph.D. It provides mentoring support for CDIP Fellows over a three-year period, mini-grants for research-related expenses and for conference attendance (including international conferences), possibly with their mentor, and as well as optional low-interest loans that may be forgivable. CDIP Fellows may also apply for a dissertation-year grant.

CDIP Fellows may apply to participate in the the CSU Pre-Professor Program (PREPP)a semester-long program that supports CDIP Fellows'  transition to faculty positions by helping them learn what faculty life is like on a CSU campus.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Fax: 415.405.0340
Reception: The Hub, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

For an appointment, please email Dr. Viveros