Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive/Forgivable Loan Program

"The California State University Commitment to Excellence with Diversity"

What is the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)?


The program provides student loans to a limited number of individuals pursuing full-time doctoral degrees at accredited universities throughout the United States.  After participants receive their doctoral degrees and obtain a qualifying instructional position in the CSU, a portion of their loan from this program will be forgiven every year.

Fact:  As of June 2011 the program has loaned $40 million to 1,872 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation.  1,054 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees.  Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees, 600 (57%) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

The CSU Forgivable Loan Program provides financial assistance to graduate students and is designed to increase the pool of individuals with the qualifications, motivation, and skills to teach the diverse student body in the California State University . It is a competitive program directed by the California State University but open to doctoral students at accredited universities across the country.

Purpose of the CIP

The CSU Forgivable Loan Program offers loans and faculty sponsorship to full-time students pursuing doctoral degrees who are interested in a teaching career at a CSU campus. Specifically, the program provides:

  • Loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000.
  • Loan forgiveness: 20 percent of the loan is forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching at a CSU campus. 
  • Faculty sponsorship from a CSU faculty member.  Click here for sample Collaborative Plan of Support.

Selection Criteria

  1. Potential as a doctoral student and interest in teaching a diverse student population.  Considerations includeThe applicant's academic record, the overall quality of the written application and professional qualifications.
  2. The quality of the proposed doctoral program.  Applicants should choose programs that are rigorous, well-known and respected in the discipline to which they are applying.  All programs are not considered equal.  It is recommended that applicants consult with faculty in the field of study to determine which programs will best position graduates for future faculty positions.  Generally online programs undergo extra scrutiny.  If the applicant plans to attend an online program, the applicant should make a strong case for why such a program will best prepare the applicant for a CSU faculty position.
  3. Many professional doctorates (such as the EdD, DNP, DPT, etc.) typically are designed for developing advanced administrative skills in a profession or are required for entrance into a profession.  Applications are no longer accepted for students attending CSU EdD programs.  Other EdD programs will potentially be funded if the intent of that program is to prepare students as university faculty members. Students selecting these types of doctoral programs will only be considered if the candidate and mentor make it clear in their Qualifications and Motivations statement and the advisor’s Letter of Recommendation, that their chosen doctoral program(s) will better prepare them for a CSU faculty position. *CSU DNPs will be considered.
  4. The applicant’s relevant background, experience, skills, and motivation needed to educate the diverse student body in the CSU.  These experiences and characteristics may include experience working with persons with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, research interests related to educating an increasingly diverse student body, and experience in a variety of cultural environments.
  5. A Collaborative Plan of Support jointly developed by the CSU tenure-track faculty member(s) and the student that will enhance the student’s academic experience and provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities.  The Collaborative Plan of Support may include academic support, joint professional development, networking activities, and other similar activities that support development of skills and knowledge related to the areas of teaching, research and service.  Click here for sample Collaborative Plan of Support.

Prospective applicants should view the following webinar that provides useful application directions and information:

Workshops have been scheduled on campus to provide guidance and answer questions of perspective applicants.  Each workshop is 45 minutes in duration and registration is not required.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:                            The 2014-15 Application Period has Closed.


All applications for the Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program campus must be completed online, printed and delivered to the campus coordinator listed below (no handwritten applications will be reviewed):


For more information on the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, please visit the Chancellor’s Office website at

Campus Coordinator: 

Carlotta Moore – Graduate Diversity Program Coordinator 


Address of Program:

California State University, Sacramento 
The Graduate Diversity Program
6000 J Street, River Front Center #203
Sacramento, CA 95819-6114
(916) 278-3834