Div. 39 Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis) Scholars Program for the 2017-18 year. The program runs from the Div. 39 spring meeting in New York April 26-30, 2017 through the spring meeting in New Orleans conference April 18-22, 2018.

Sponsor: Div. 39


The Div. 39 Scholars Program is for graduate students and early career psychologists (defined as under 10 years of postgraduate experience) who have not received the award previously.  The program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity in and familiarity with psychoanalytic theory, therapy and scholarship. The aim of this program is to promote learning about psychoanalysis and to facilitate dialogue and exchange of ideas about the current and future state of the field. Emphasis is placed on understanding  psychoanalytic thinking, research and practice in the field of psychology and the role of psychologists in the evolution of psychoanalytic thought, its current state and its future possibilities.

The program runs from the Div. 39 spring meeting in New York on April 26-30, 2017, through the spring meeting in New Orleans on April 18-22, 2018.

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • A stipend of up to $500 to support attendance at the Div. 39 spring meeting in New York, April 26-30, 2017.
  • Ongoing mentorship for a year. Each scholar will be matched with a program mentor who will commit to meeting with his or her mentees at least once per month to provide guidance in the early stages of their career and training. Scholars and mentors will work together to develop an individualized plan to support the individual’s professional goals and interests. The specific content of these meetings is at the discretion of each mentorship pair. Personal and professional struggles in becoming a psychoanalytic theorist, researcher and clinician are among the many possibilities. Individual requests for a mentor with a particular shared interest/focus (e.g., particular research, scholarly or clinical interest, specific psychoanalytic theoretical orientation) will be accommodated whenever possible.
  • Free subscriptions to all the Div. 39 publications. These include Psychoanalytic Psychology, the official Div. 39 journal published quarterly; DIVISION/Review, a thrice yearly discussion of issues in psychoanalysis, including film and book reviews and topics of analytic interest; and Insight, the online monthly newsletter.  
  • A free subscription to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) web for those scholars who do not otherwise have access to it. PEP-web contains the archives of all psychoanalytic journals beginning three years after publication. 
  • The opportunity to meet other scholars from across the country and even across the globe who may have similar interests.  We encourage scholars to collaborate with each other on presentations and projects.
  • The opportunity to become a part of the psychoanalytic psychology community by participating in committees and task forces of the division. This participation typically is the beginning of greater involvement in the division after the scholars’ year is complete.
Awardees are expected to attend the scholars reception at the New York conference where they will receive their stipends and certificates authenticating their status as scholars. 

There are nine components of the program. Each applicant may apply to one and only one component. Component descriptions and contact persons can be found under the “How to Apply” tab. Applicants who fit into more than one category must choose one group to which they will submit their application.

Questions should be directed to either Frank Summers or Kris Yi.


All graduate students as well as early career professionals (10 years or fewer of postdoctoral experience) in clinical psychology and related fields who have not previously received the award are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be members of Div. 39 at the time of the application. All Div. 39 scholars will become members of the division for the scholarship year are encouraged to continue their membership after the scholars year. 

Applications must be received by Nov. 15, 2016. Announcements of the winners will be made by Jan. 15, 2017.

Please note: Proposals for posters to the Research Committee are submitted separately, with a different submission date of Dec. 1, 2016, and winners will not be announced until the spring conference, April 26-30, 2017.

How to Apply

There are two steps to the application process:

  1. The application is to be filled out online.  Be sure to complete all the information.   Be aware that the system cannot save partially completed applications. Therefore, all applications must be filled out and submitted in one session.
  2. The applicant must also submit a CV via email to Ruth Helein, the Div. 39 administrator.
Please note that the Scholars Program is divided into several different components, and the applicant must designate to which program he or she is applying on the application. The components are listed and described briefly, including the email addresses of the contact person(s) for each component.  Specific questions regarding individual components should be addressed to the appropriate contact person(s) listed.

Any questions about the Div. 39 Scholars Program as a whole may be addressed to either of the co-chairpersons, Frank Summers, PhD, ABPP, or Kris Yi, PhD, PsyD. 

Graduate Students Committee

These awards are granted to 15 graduate students in clinical psychology or a closely related discipline. Applicants must show demonstrated interest in clinical psychology and psychoanalytic work. For application details or any questions, contact Claude Barbre.

Multicultural Concerns Committee

Sixteen awards are given to graduate students or early career professional ethnic minorities who demonstrate an interest in the intersection between psychoanalytic thought and cultural concerns. For applications details or questions contact either committee co-chairs Sanjay Nath, PhD, and Leilani Crane.

Sexualities and Gender Identities Committee

Five awards go to graduate students or early career professionals who have demonstrated an interest in the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and practice and sexual and gender concerns. For application details or questions, contact either committee co-chairs Scott Pytluk, PhD, ABPP, and Shara Sand, PsyD.

Early Career Professionals Committee
Eight awards will be granted to early career professionals who have 10 years or fewer postdoctoral experience. 

Contact person: Michael Donnell

Section VIII: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Four awards will be given to graduate students; early career professionals in clinical psychology or allied discipline; or psychoanalytic institute candidates who have demonstrated an interest in a psychoanalytic approach to couple and/or family therapy.
Contact person: Phyllis Cohen

International Relations Committee
Five awards will be given to graduate students or early career professionals who live and either work or study abroad. For application details and questions, contact committee co-chairs Marilyn Jacobs, PhD, and Kris Yi, PhD.

Candidate Outreach Committee
Two awards will be given to U.S. and international graduate students and early career professionals who are either prospective or current psychoanalytic candidates.  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in exploring the role and tenets of psychoanalytic training.   

Contact person:  Ricardo Rieppi

Section IV: Local Chapters*

Contact person: Bill McGillivray

Research Committee**

Contact person: Sherwood Waldron, MD

*Local Chapters: Section IV grants the Scholars Award to graduate students and early career professionals who are active members of their local chapters. Award eligibility, however, is based on which local chapters are eligible in any given year to nominate someone. For more information contact your local chapter representative to Section IV or Bill MacGillivray.
**Research Committee: Proposals for posters are submitted separately, with a different submission date of Dec. 1, directly to Natalie Shear and are evaluated by members of the Research Committee. They are not asked to focus on the overall theme of the conference. Please submit a summary of 250 words or fewer to be printed in the program, and then add the following if not already covered in the summary: the authors; their degrees and primary affiliation (institution); the title; the aim of the research; and a description of the procedure, including mention of the sample, instruments used, any statistical procedures and findings to date. In making your poster submission, please indicate whether the first author qualifies for the Div. 39 Scholars Award. Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words, including the summary. Poster acceptances for the program will be emailed by Jan. 10.