Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

Application Packet

Application Form

The application form has two parts: one to be completed by the graduate student applicant, and the other by the CSU faculty mentor. Please note that it is critical that the information concerning where you attend (or will attend) graduate school is current.

Curriculum Vitae

Attach current resume or curriculum vitae, limited to four pages.

Qualification and Motivation Statement

This describes your qualifications for the Chancellorís Doctoral Incentive Program. The statement is limited to three single-sided pages, and addresses how the following have contributed to your commitment to become a CSU faculty member:

  • academic preparation
  • professional experiences
  • motivation and interest
  • connection to the CSU
  • ability to educate a diverse student body

Sample Statements: Sample 1 | Sample 2

Note: The samples indicate the range of styles, content and format that CDIP applicants use in the Qualifications and Motivation Statement attachments. All identifying information has been removed from these actual submitted statements.

Faculty Mentor/Collaborative Plan of Support

Applicants to the program must have a CSU faculty mentor(s). The faculty mentor(s) must be full-time tenured/tenure-track CSU faculty member(s). The objectives of the mentor/student interactions are to assist the student in his/her doctoral program, to help the student understand the workings of higher education institutions and the faculty labor market specific to particular disciplines, and to aid the student in the development of skills relevant to success as a CSU tenure-track faculty member.

Samples for Plan of Support: Sample 1 | Sample 2

Note: The samples indicate the range of styles, content and format that CDIP applicants use in the Collaborative Plan of Support attachments. All identifying information has been removed from these actual submitted statements.

Letter of Recommendation

Three current professional letters of recommendation are required with this application that address:

  • the quality of your proposed plan of study (including the quality of the institutions and departments where you intend to pursue your degree)
  • your potential to succeed as a doctoral student
  • your experience and motivation relevant to educating a diverse student body in the CSU

References should include the referee’s name, address, e-mail, and telephone number. One of the three letters must be from the CSU Faculty Mentor. If applicant is currently enrolled in a doctoral program, one of the other letters must be from a faculty member at that institution.

CSU Faculty Position Announcement

The mentor should provide the student, for inclusion with his/her application, a copy of a recent tenure-track faculty position announcement in the studentís general field of study that has been posted at a CSU campus. The purpose of the job posting is to provide evidence that the CSU has recently sought to hire individuals in the field/specialization pursued by the applicant. The existence of a job posting in the studentís field does not imply or guarantee that similar jobs will be available when the participant applies for employment in the CSU. However, the lack of a relevant job posting in recent years may indicate that there is little demand for faculty in the field pursued by the student.