“The task of education must be fundamentally to ensure that knowledge serves to further the cause of human happiness and peace.” -Daisaku Ikeda, Center founder
Purpose of the Program
The Education Fellows Program was established by the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in 2007. The program aims to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Ikeda/Soka studies in education. This field coheres around historical, conceptual, and empirical scholarship on the philosophies and practices of Japanese educators Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, and the sōka, or “value-creating,” approaches they have enacted and inspired worldwide.
Focus of Research
The Program supports doctoral dissertations in the field of Ikeda/Soka studies in education, including its relation to the philosophy and practice of education more generally. We invite a wide range of approaches, including dissertation research that examines intrinsic and extrinsic dimensions of Ikeda/Soka studies in education. By “intrinsic” we mean the historical and primary texts by Makiguchi, Toda, and Ikeda in Japanese and in the contexts in which they were written; by “extrinsic” we mean these texts and their ideas in translation and application in various contexts and disciplines.
Fellows, who must be living in the United States or Canada during the fellowship program, will be eligible for two years of funding at $10,000 per year, with the second year contingent on proof of progress. In addition to the basic stipend, each fellowship also covers costs of mandatory attendance at a one-day seminar with a distinguished advisory panel at the Ikeda Center in Cambridge, MA.