CDIP Eligibility

Academic Status

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program is intended to support doctoral students who will pursue CSU instructional faculty positions. As such, those who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply to the CDIP:

  • Undergraduate and master’s level graduate students in the application process to accredited doctoral programs in the United States;

  • New or continuing full-time doctoral students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the United States.

CSU Employment

  • Lecturers who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program are eligible and encouraged to apply. Probationary or tenured faculty members in the CSU are not eligible, however, regardless of their status in a doctoral program;
  • Although enrollment or employment in the CSU is not required for participation in the program, approximately one-fourth of the awards are expected to be made to applicants who have served in the last two years in CSU positions represented by the California Faculty Association.

Professional or Online Doctoral Programs

Applicants in professional doctoral degree programs (such as Ed.D., DNP, DPT, and PsyD), as well as online degree programs, may apply to the CDIP only if they plan to pursue a tenure-track instructional faculty position and their doctoral program’s mission explicitly includes preparation and training of future university faculty members (applicant must provide evidence of this).

Given that the CSU Ed.D. programs were established for the purpose of preparing administrative leaders for the California public education system (California Education Code 66040.3), applicants pursuing professional doctorates from CSU Ed.D. programs are not eligible to apply.​ Applicants in non-CSU Ed.D. programs may be eligible if their programs are explicitly designed to prepare university faculty and the applicant (and recommenders) can demonstrate that this is the case in the application. 


U.S. citizenship is not required, but applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Information about eligiblity and selection criteria can be found on the CDIP Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Process page.

Resources for Applicants

CDIP Informational Meetings

Quick Links

CDIP Systemwide Website
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: The Hub, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

For an appointment, please email Dr. Viveros