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Doctoral Assistantship


Doctoral Assistantship Stipend Tui​​​tion Scholarship

Ca​​​ll for Applications

The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education is pleased to announce an Institute doctoral assistantship, which includes a work stipend and scholarship to cover the cost of full-time tuition and registration fees for six courses per year (two courses per quarter). The assistantship requires 600 hours of work per academic year (200 hours per quarter).

The successful applicant will work closely with, and under the faculty advisement and supervision of, Institute director, Dr. Jason Goulah. The assistantship is renewable annually for up to three years based on successful performance each year. Applicants must have applied and been accepted to DePaul University’s education doctoral program in Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership, or Early Childhood Education, and demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, pursuing careers related to researching and spreading the educational philosophies and practices of renowned humanistic educators Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

In addition, the successful applicant will take courses on the educational philosophies and practices of Daisaku Ikeda and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi offered at DePaul (e.g., CS 794: Faith, Dialogue and Curriculum—Dewey, Freire, Bakhtin, Ikeda and Education in the Post-9/11 Global Context), as well as other required courses in pursuit of a doctorate degree in Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership, or Early Childhood Education. The student’s dissertation topic and research must focus on the educational philosophy and/or practice of Makiguchi, Toda, or Ikeda.

The assistant will perform research, assist with institute projects and event planning, catalogue and oversee the institute’s reference materials, update the institute website material, compose and disseminate institute newsletters, and interact with faculty scholars and lecturers. The assistant must maintain status as a student in good standing throughout the duration of the assistantship.

Application Instructi​​ons

Interested applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Application Form​
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume.
  3. Tentative dissertation abstract. The dissertation abstract should summarize the focus of the intended dissertation topic, including possible research methodology, site and participants (if applicable), and its contributions to the field. The abstract should be double- spaced and no more than 500 words.
  4. Timeline. Include a proposed timeline for completion of your dissertation.
  5. Personal statement. Please describe your past experiences with Makiguchi, Toda, Ikeda studies, as well as career goals and aspirations in no more than 1,000 words.
  6. Writing sample. Please include a scholarly writing sample of no more than 8,500 words. This may be work published in academic journals, presented at an academic conference, or completed for graduate coursework. Please indicate which if it’s not otherwise clear.
  7. Two letters of recommendation (May be letters submitted for doctoral program admission). Pr​ovide two letters of recommendation from faculty, speaking to the applicant’s promise and ability as a scholar. The letters should be from professors familiar with the student’s academic work. Signed letters may be included in the applicant’s email attachment or emailed directly from the recommender to the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at​.
  8. Graduate transcript. Please send a copy of your graduate transcript.

Eva​​luation criteria

This assistantship is specifically designed to foster scholars in the field of Makiguchi, Toda and Ikeda studies in education.

  1. Applicants should be able to clearly articulate their proposed area of research, specify the central question or topic to be investigated.
  2. Applicants should describe the project’s potential for enhancing scholarship on, and awareness of, Makiguchi, Toda and/or Ikeda studies in education.
  3. Applicants should demonstrate potential for research excellence in the field of Makiguchi, Toda, and/or Ikeda studies, as well as clearly articulate their intended related career path as a scholar after completing the doctoral degree.

Please N​​ote

  1. Submit your application in one complete digital file attachment to​.
  2. You will receive email notification of your submitted application.
  3. All materials, except for the writing sample and reference letters, must be double-spaced.
  4. All materials must be submitted in electronic form.
  5. Everything should be printed in English.
  6. Materials will not be returned.

Accepting applications from August 1,2015 until the position has been filled for the 2015-2016 academic year.​​​