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The Graduate Institute in Philosophy of Education aims to support and cultivate new scholars with knowledge and skills for future philosophical engagement with education. The course will focus on the theme of education and social mobility.

The Center for Ethics and Education will be holding its Graduate Institute in the Philosophy of Education in the 2020-2021 academic year!

The application for the 2020-21 graduate institute is closed.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by email in mid-March 2020.

Program Details

  • 10-day intensive summer course in Chicago, IL June 14-26, 2020
  • 6-day summer course in Madison, WI June 6-12, 2021
  • Participants will be supported in developing a new paper in, or related to, philosophy of education to submit to AERA, which will be held April 9-12, 2021 in Orlando, Florida
  • Students admitted into the program will have all travel, accommodations and most meals paid for at the Chicago and Madison meetings.
2019 McPherson Fellows at Diana Hess' house

Diana Hess, the dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education, hosted the 2018-2019 McPherson Fellows, along with Center staff, at her home for dinner during the 2018 summer course.

Submission Requirements

  • A 1-2 page statement explaining your interest in the Institute and in pursuing philosophical work on education
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages, in the citation format of your choice
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial transcript

Eligibility

Applicants for the program should be graduate students from schools of education, philosophy departments, or related fields who are interested in pursuing normative questions of policy and practice in education. We welcome applicants studying at institutions outside the U.S.
Ellis Reid and Kirsten Welch chatting

2018-2019 McPherson Fellows, Ellis Reid and Kirsten Welch, engage in conversation during the Graduate Institute’s summer course.

Pedro Monque and Garry Mitchell discussing a book

2018-2019 McPherson Fellows, Pedro Monque and Garry Mitchell, discuss Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making (Brighouse, Ladd, Loeb, & Swift, 2018).

Group of people sitting at a table

The 2018-2019 McPherson Fellows convened on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in summer 2018 for an intensive 10-day course in the philosophy of education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?
Yes.

Are students studying at non-U.S. institutions eligible to apply?
Yes, the Center encourages both domestic and international students to apply.

Are master’s students eligible to apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from both master’s and doctoral students from schools of education, philosophy departments, or related fields who are interested in pursuing normative questions of policy and practice in education.

If I have already received my PhD, am I eligible to apply?
No, we only accept applications from current graduate students.

Can I receive credit for my participation in the graduate institute
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer credit at this time.

Are there tuition costs associated with the graduate institute?
There are no tuition fees for the graduate institute. In fact, students admitted into the program will have all travel, accommodations and most meals paid for at the Chicago and Madison meetings.

Can you tell me more about the writing sample?
We would prefer the writing sample to be related to philosophy of education, but it can be in a different field if you can show the requisite interest in and willingness to learn how to do philosophy of education.

Any other application tips?
We would remind you to double check that everything is submitted on time. It is your responsibility to make sure that your letter of recommendation is submitted by the deadline.

For any additional information or inquiries please contact Carrie Welsh at cee@wcer.wisc.edu.

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