Professional Development & Grants

Through CDIP grants, we aim to support the collaborative activities of our CDIP scholars and their faculty members. Scholars will have the opportunity to use grant funds to further their doctoral training and to attend professional conferences and workshops.

Through research and scholarly attendance at conferences, scholars can enhance their professional development. The goal of the grants is to support scholars by awarding them seed funds to enhance their skills and experience to teach a diverse student body at the CSU.

The program offers two types of grants.

Mini-Grant Program

The Mini-Grant Program offers resources to CDIP Scholars to ensure successful completion of their doctoral training and thereby enhance the competitiveness of their applications for tenure-track instructional faculty positions at CSU campuses.

This program can be used in two ways: First, CDIP Scholars can use the Mini-Grant to implement scholarly and professional development activities from their Collaborative Plan of Support developed with their CDIP faculty mentor. Second, the Mini-Grant can also support scholarly activities related to the CDIP Scholar’s thesis or dissertation project, including travel for field work and data collection.

Funding (maximum): $2,500

Awardee List for 2019-2020​

Mini-Grant Application

Activities Period

Application Deadline

Notification Date


Between 11/1 and 10/31



Application ​Final Expense Report

Travel Grant Program

Travel Grant Program

The Travel Grant Program offers resources to CDIP Scholars to support professional travel related to their field of study. The CDIP Travel Grant Program offers travel support to CDIP Scholars and their CDIP Mentors to give presentations at professional meetings and workshops.

Attending a conference or workshop without presenting will also be funded if the meeting is identified in the original Collaborative Plan of Support. Applications are accepted twice a year, for Fall/Winter travel and Spring/Summer travel. Scholars can apply for both Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer funding, up to $1,500 per trip per application. Mentors can request travel support for one trip per year when accompanying their scholar(s), up to $1,500.

Funding for Scholar (maximum): $1,500
Funding for Mentor (maximum): $1,500

A travel ban to states deemed to have discriminatory laws went into effect in California through AB 1887. As a result, CDIP will not fund travel to the following states:

  • Alabama​
  • Iowa​​​ ​(effective 10/4/19​)
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Important Dates:

Travel Grant Application

Travel Period

Application Deadline

Notification Date


Between 7/1 and 12/31




Between 1/1 and 6/30



Application ​Final Expense Report

Travel Grant Awardee Lists
Awardee List for Fall Competition

Awardee List for Spring Competition

NCFDD Membership

CDIP Scholars are eligible to apply for membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community for over 71,000 faculty, post-docs and grad students, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their career. If a Scholar’s doctoral institution does not hold an institutional membership, CDIP can pay for individual student membership of $240.

To check for your institution’s membership, click here.

To apply for individual student membership, complete the membership application

Dissertation Fellowship

Ten Dissertation Fellowships in the amount of $5,000 are available for advanced candidate CDIP Fellows and are intended to support Fellows during their doctoral dissertation stage. CDIP invites Fellows to apply for the 2019-20 competition.

This program is intended for CDIP Fellows who have taken the maximum loan amount ($30,000) already or CDIP Fellows who have been in the program for more than 5 years

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Fellow must have defended the proposal and be on ABD status
  • Fellow must have been in good standing with CDIP

Apply to the CDIP Dissertation Fellowship 2019​-20

Directory of Recipients

CDIP Scholars who have graduated or are about to graduate should submit their information to be included in the annual CDIP Directory. The directory is intended to assist CSU campuses in recruiting candidates who would further their goals of creating a faculty with the ability and motivation to educate a diverse student body. Scholars can apply using the application button below.

Application deadline was July 12, 2019.

CSU campus representatives can request their copies by emailing Elizabeth Sanchez at esanchez@calstate.edu.