The Institute of Transactional Philosophy is pleased to honor the memory and work of Dr. Trevor J. Phillips through this fellowship. Dr. Phillips contributed significantly in applying the philosophy of transactionalism to the field of education.
The Institute of Transactional Philosophy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization devoted to the continual development and education of transactional philosophy. Our aim is to promote the philosophy of transactionalism through an applied inquiry that equips people to think and act together in facing the most pressing and significant issues confronting humanity today.
Our scholarship and studies program is designed to encourage and support the research and development of transactionalism across disciplines throughout academic and professional studies.
The Institute of Transactional Philosophy will award a Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship to a candidate who best fits the Institute’s focus, eligibility and requirements.
The awardee will receive $5,000 in total; and is distributed in parts before the beginning of each semester or term.
The Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship is nonrestrictive, and shall be granted to the student directly. The funds are intended to help offset expenses related to their academic and career development, or study at the Institute of Transactional Philosophy.


The Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship is open to any student currently enrolled (beyond the second phase or semester) in a graduate philosophy program with an emphasis toward transactional, process-relational, or pragmatic philosophy studies. Students who identify an application of transactional philosophy in other disciplines are also welcome to apply.


The Board of Trustees of the Institute of Transactional Philosophy is proud to announce the awarding of its inaugural Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship to Daniel Luna, of Oxnard, California. We extend congratulations to Daniel as the first ever recipient of the fellowship. 

Daniel is a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach, where he is working on his Masters of Arts in Philosophy. Daniel holds a BA in Philosophy and a BA in International Business from University of California, San Diego.


Daniel Luna

“Daniel approaches philosophy with deliberate, thoughtful, intellectual care. Academic philosophy often overlooks students with diverse backgrounds like the one Daniel has to offer. Many in that field opt for professional studies. Supporting Daniel’s graduate work helps students with broad academic interests make contributions in this field.”

~Cory Davia, Department of Philosophy Claremont McKenna College, ‘Letter to Awards Committee’, Dec 2020

The Institute created The Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship to support the study of the philosophy of Transactionalism. The Institute honours Dr. Phillips, a British-born educational philosopher and Professor of Educational Foundations and Inquiry at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. From 1963 until 1996, he taught Educational Philosophy at Bowling Green State University and from the beginning was inspired by the writings of John Dewey and Arthur Bentley.  

Dr. Phillips offered one of the earliest and most comprehensive studies on Transactionalism in his 1967 dissertation, the now turned book ‘Transactionalism – A Historical and Interpretive Study’. It is from this accomplishment that we at the Institute look to further celebrate the work of Dr. Phillips through the naming of this fellowship – The Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship. 

For additional information on Transactionalism click here or to purchase a copy of the ‘Transactionalism – A Historical and Interpretive Study’ by Trevor J. Phillips click here.


Applications for the Trevor J. Phillips Memorial Fellowship will open October 1, 2021.