Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree. Additionally, a portion of their loan from this program will be forgiven every year of employment in a qualifying position.

Program Details

  • Loans available in amounts of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000.
  • Loans obtained through this program are repayable over a 15-year period, commencing one year after completion of or withdrawal from full time doctoral study.
  • If a participant applies, competes for, and is hired in a CSU instructional faculty position after completion of the doctoral degree, 20 percent of the loan will be forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU.
  • Part-time teaching in the CSU may also be considered for partial loan forgiveness, if the participant teaches at least half-time and has successfully completed the doctorate degree.

Applications Availability:

December 2020

Application to Campus Coordinator: 

February 1, 2021

Applications to Chancellor’s Office: 

March 1, 2021

Chancellor Office Decisions: 

May 2021

Contact Information
For more information,  please contact Sara Alcala,  Graduate School Specialist/Academic Advising Analyst, 805-437-8571 or go the CSU website directly: Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program:

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