Eligibility, Selection Criteria & Process

Participant Eligibility

CDIP is intended to support doctoral students who will pursue CSU instructional faculty positions. As such, students who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply to the CDIP:

  • New or continuing full-time doctoral students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the U.S.;
  • Undergraduate and master's-level graduate students in the application process to accredited doctoral programs in the U.S.;
  • Lecturers who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program are eligible and encouraged to apply. However, probationary and tenured faculty members in the CSU are not eligible regardless of their status in a doctoral program.

Special considerations for students in professional and online doctoral degree programs:

Most professional doctoral degree programs (such as Ed.D., DNP, DPT, and PsyD) as well as online degree programs are designed for developing advanced administrative and/or applied skills in a profession that are required for entrance into a non-academic career. 

Applicants in a professional doctoral and/or online program 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 (evidence of latter must be provded by applicant).

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 must make a strong case for how their doctoral programs prepare them to be qualified and competitive for CSU faculty positions.


Additional Eligibility Criteria

Enrollment or employment in the California State University is not required for participation in the program. However, approximately one-fourth of the awards are expected to be made to individuals who have served in CSU positions represented by the California Faculty Association in the last two years.

U.S. citizenship is not required, but applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for CSU faculty positions.


Selection Criteria 

Two criteria are used to make selections to the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program:

  1. Applicant's potential as a doctoral student, potential to become a tenure-track faculty member, and interest in teaching a diverse student population. 
  2. Academic discipline: Primary consideration will be given to candidates whose proposed area of study falls where CSU campuses anticipate the greatest difficulty in filling potential future instructional faculty positions. Information from a variety of sources may be considered when evaluating this criterion. One relevant source is the CSU Report on Faculty Recruitment Survey, which presents recent information on the number of tenure-track searches and appointments in various disciplines throughout the CSU system. View Report »

Selection Process

  1. Applications for the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program are submitted online with the guidance a CDIP campus coordinator by February 1, 2019.
  2. A campus committee evaluates the applications and makes recommendations for further consideration to the campus president. The president then forwards campus nominations to the CSU. 
  3. A systemwide committee reviews the campus nominations and makes recommendations to the chancellor for final approval.