Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

The California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty.

The CDIP offers loans up to $10,000 per year over 5 years, with a maximum amount of $30,000. The loans are:

  • Repayable over a 15-year period commencing one year after completion of, or withdrawal from, full-time doctoral study;
  • Forgivable at the rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU or 10 percent for each year of part-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2015 the program has loaned $47 million to 2,050 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation. 1,245 participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees, and over half (705 participants) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

The deadline to apply is February 2, 2024.

 For more information, visit the program website or contact the Humboldt campus coordinator, Terri Fisher

Apply to CDIP

Submission Deadline: February 9, 2024.

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program application has two parts, one for the student and one to be completed by an Humboldt faculty mentor. 

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