CDIP Application Process and Components

Application Process

Each year CDIP selects a new cohort of Fellows from campus nominees. Applicants must apply for nomination through the University by the campus deadline. Please note that nomination is not guaranteed.

Application Components

The CDIP application has two parts: one to be completed by the student applicant, and the other by the applicant in collaboration with the CSU Faculty Mentor. Funds will only be disbursed if the applicant enrolls at an institution he or she has proposed in the application.

Application Materials include:

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Up to four pages, enumerating academic and professional accomplishments, including scholarly conference presentations and publications.

Qualifications and Motivation Statement

Up to three pages, addressing the applicant’s:

  • commitment to becoming a CSU faculty member;
  • academic preparation (academic achievements, awards, honors, fellowships);
  • professional experiences in teaching and research;
  • motivation and interest in becoming a university professor (as a teacher and a scholar);
  • connection to the CSU and knowledge of the CSU mission and role in preparing California’s workforce;
  • dedication and ability to educate a diverse student body.

Detailed instructions for the Qualifications and Motivation Statement can be found on the CDIP How to Apply page.

CDIP provides sample Qualifications and Motivation Statements on its How to Apply page.

The documents linked here may have barriers to accessibility. If you experience problems using these documents, contact for an accessible version of the documents.

Collaborative Plan of Support

  • Applicants to the program must have a CSU Faculty Mentor who is a full-time, tenured or tenure-track CSU faculty member.

  • Faculty Mentor and applicant jointly develop a high quality written plan of support describing how they intend to maintain communication and collaborate. This plan should describe clearly defined activities with a timeline designed to assist the applicant through doctoral studies.

Detailed instructions for the Collaborative Plan of Support can be found on the CDIP How to Apply page.

CDIP provides sample Qualifications and Motivation Statements on its How to Apply page.

The documents linked here may have barriers to accessibility. If you experience problems using these documents, contact for an accessible version of the documents.

For more information on the Faculty Mentor’s role and eligibility, see the CDIP Mentorship page.

Recommendation Letters

Three current professional letters of recommendation are required, one of which must be from the CSU Faculty Mentor.  If the applicant is currently enrolled in a doctoral program, one of the letters must be from a faculty member at that institution.  The recommendations should address the applicant’s:

  • proposed plan of study, including the quality of the institutions and departments where applicant intends to pursue the doctorate;

  • potential to succeed as a doctoral student and be hired as a CSU tenure-track instructional faculty;

  • experience and motivation relevant to educating a diverse student body in the CSU.

The recommendation from the CSU Faculty Mentor should describe her or his approach to mentoring graduate students and any successes with guiding past students through their doctoral education and faculty job search.

CSU Faculty Position Announcement

To provide evidence that the CSU has recently sought to hire individuals in the field/specialization pursued by the applicant, the Faculty Mentor should provide the student applicant, for inclusion with the application, a copy of a recent tenure-track faculty position announcement in the student’s general field of study that has been posted at a CSU campus. For your general information, see the CSU Careers website for current CSU faculty position announcements.

Resources for Applicants

CDIP Informational Meetings

Quick Links

California Pre-Doctoral Program
California Forum on Diversity in Graduate Education
Division of Graduate Studies
Graduate Fellowships Hub
Fellowships Office Website

Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

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