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Funding Opportunities

Chancellor's Office Doctoral Incentive Program  (CDIP)

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) 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 of qualifying employment. Submit your application while applying to doctoral degree programs or during doctorate program attendance (including last year of doctorate program.)

Number Awarded: Varies

Dollar Amount: Loans of up to $10,000 per year, up to a total of $30,000

Deadline: Fiscal year 2020/21 application will open in October 2019

Selection Process: 1. Applications for the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program are submitted online with the guidance of a CDIP campus coordinator. 2. A campus committee evaluates the applications and makes recommendations for further consideration to the campus president and then forwards campus nominations to the CSU. 3. A systemwide committee reviews the campus nominations and makes recommendations to the chancellor for final approval.

Information Sessions: TBD

Campus Coordinator: For more information please contact Myrsha Garcia, Administration Support Coordinator, Office of the Provost.

Chancellor’s Office Website: Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

California Pre-Doctoral Program (Sally Casanova Scholarship)

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Winners will be designated as Sally Casanova Scholars, as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the award is named. With the aid of a CSUMB Faculty Sponsor, Sally Casanova Scholars are exposed to unique opportunities to help prepare them to succeed in doctoral programs.

The program provides travel funds to visit doctorate-granting institutions, options for summer research internships, and funds for other doctoral program related activities.

Number Awarded: Varies

Dollar Amount: $3,000 plus the possibility of a funded summer internship

Deadline: Applications are due to the Campus Coordinators by February 19. You MUST meet with a campus coordinator before you can submit application.

Program Application: Will open in late Fall 2019

Information Sessions: All info sessions will be held in person in the Administration Building, Conference room (Bldg. 1). You can also join in via Zoom. Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 2-3PM (, Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 2-3PM (, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2-3PM (, Friday, January 24, 2020 from 2-3PM (

Process for Awarding: Applications are reviewed for completeness by the campus coordinators and then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office for final review and award selection. Sally Casanova Scholars are selected on the basis of three major criteria: potential for success in completing a doctoral program, probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan, and level of economic and educational disadvantage.

Campus Coordinators: For more information please contact Myrsha Garcia, Administration Support Coordinator, Office of the Provost or Natasha Oehlman, Writing & Professional Communication Associate, UROC.

Chancellor’s Office Website: California Pre-doctoral Program

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