Education Fellows Program

Application Instructions

* Accepting Applications: June 1, 2020 - September 1, 2020 *

Evaluation criteria:

  1. Applicants should clearly define their proposed area of research, specify the central question or topic to be investigated, and present a method and design for completing the study within the award period.
  2. Applicants should describe the project's potential for enhancing scholarship on Soka education and/or for improving the practice of both Soka education and education more generally.
  3. Applicants should demonstrate potential for research excellence in the field of education and for future contributions to the development of educational theory and practice.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Ikeda Center Education Fellows Application Form.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Dissertation abstract. The dissertation abstract should summarize the focus of the accepted dissertation topic, including its contributions to the field. The abstractshould be double-spaced and no more than 200 words.
  4. Dissertation prospectus. In no more than ten pages (double-spaced) please describe the question(s) or topic to be explored in your dissertation as well as the methodology and design for conducting the research. Delineate the context of the study by spelling out what has been done in the field and what remains to be done. Be sure to include a brief review of the most significant literature on this topic, while also assessing the significance of the project in light of existing literature.
  5. Timeline. Please include a proposed timeline for completion of your dissertation. You should provide a start and end date as well as dates when you expect to complete each phase of your dissertation (i.e. completion of data analysis, completion of individual chapters, and dissertation to committee).
  6. Personal statement. Please describe your career goals and aspirations in no more than 1,000 words.
  7. Writing sample. Please include a writing sample of no more than 6,000 words from your academic work. (May be single-spaced.)
  8. Two letters of recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from faculty that speak to your promise and ability as a scholar are required. One letter should be from your dissertation director/chair. This letter should assess the contribution your dissertation will make to the field of educational philosophy and practice as well as comment on the expected timeline. The other letter should be from a professor familiar with your academic work. Letters from faculty must be sent directly to the Ikeda Center and must be received on or before March 1, 2018 in order to be included in the review process of the application. 

    We strongly encourage you to discuss with recommenders the deadline and principal issues the letter should address. Please request your letters early to allow recommenders sufficient time to meet the application deadline. Because the applicant review process adheres to a strict timeline, we cannot guarantee that late letters will be included in the review process.
  9. Graduate transcript. Please send a copy of your graduate transcript.

Please note:

  1. Once your application is submitted, the Ikeda Center will contact you by email to acknowledge receipt. Questions regarding the application process may be sent to
  2. All materials, except for the writing sample, CV, and reference letters, must be double-spaced.
  3. All materials, except for the reference letters and graduate transcript, must be submitted in electronic form and also in hard copy.
  4. Everything should be printed single-sided and in English.
  5. Materials will not be returned.
  6. Late materials will not be accepted.

Send application materials to:

Ikeda Center Education Fellows Program
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
396 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02138




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