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California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

The California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in the United States. It is comprised of 23 campuses with an enrollment of almost 427,000 students, and approximately 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU offers over 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs, a select number of joint doctoral programs, and doctoral programs in education, nursing and physical therapy.

The purpose of the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to increase the number of individuals who show potential as doctoral students and who have serious interests in pursuing a tenure-track faculty position at one of the CSU campuses. This is accomplished by providing financial aid in the form of loans and faculty mentorship to graduate students in accredited doctoral programs in the U.S. with the motivation, skills, and experience needed to teach the diverse student body in the CSU. The monies may be used strategically to support travel, as research seed funds, workshops, guest lecturing, and many other activities that support professional development in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Benefits of the CDIP

* Loans up to $10,000 per year with a maximum amount of $30,000 over the duration of the doctoral study

* 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.

* Mentorship by a CSU faculty member who will

* support the CDIP Scholars' successful completion of their doctoral studies;

* enhance the CDIP Scholars' potential for employment in a tenure-track instructional faculty position at a CSU campus.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2014, the program has loaned $46 million to 2,006 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation, and 1,205 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees. Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees as of June 2014, 600 (50 percent) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

NOTE: We have variable deadlines across the 23 campuses. They all fall somewhere between January and February of each year.

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This program has 24 participating institutions.
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Page last updated 7/18/2016
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