Div. 39 Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis) Scholars Program for the 2016-17 year. The program runs from the Div. 39 spring meeting in Atlanta, in April 2016 through the spring meeting in New York, April 2017.

Sponsor: Div. 39


The Div. 39 Scholars Program for graduate students is designed to help foster intellectual curiosity and professional development relevant to psychoanalytic approaches to clinical work, theory and research. The aim of this program is to promote learning about psychoanalysis and to facilitate open dialogue and exchange of ideas about the future of psychoanalytic thinking, research and practice in the field of psychology and the role of psychologists in the future of psychoanalysis.

Successful applicants will be awarded the following benefits:

  • A stipend to support attendance at the Div. 39 spring meeting of up to $500.
  • 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.
  • Opportunities to participate in a vibrant psychoanalytic community. Readings, case material, theoretical discussions, research guidance and mentorship regarding 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 a number of important psychoanalytic publications and online archives for a year. These include Psychoanalytic Psychology (the official Div. 39 journal); the Division Review Psychoanalytic Forum, Insight (the online division newsletter); and PEP-Archive online access to the back issues of the major psychoanalytic journals including (a) International Journal of Psychoanalysis; (b) The American Journal of Psychoanalysis; (c) Psychoanalytic Dialogues; (d) The Psychoanalytic Quarterly; (e) Gender and Psychoanalysis; (f) Contemporary Psychoanalysis; (g) Psychoanalytic Study of the Child; and (h) Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Awardees are expected to attend the Scholars Reception at the conference.


All graduate students as well as early career professionals (10 years or fewer of postdoctoral experience) in clinical psychology and related fields 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. 

Applications must be received by Jan. 19, 2016. Announcements of the winners will be made by Feb. 22, 2016. 

Please note: Proposals for posters to the Research Committee are submitted separately, with a different submission date of Dec. 1, 2015.

How to Apply

The program is divided into several components as follows:

Any one individual may fit into more than one category, but applications (PDF, 89KB) may be submitted to only one of the programs.

Except for those for Section IV, email applications to the appropriate contact person.

Any questions about the Div. 39 Scholars Program as a whole may be addressed to either of the co-chairpersons Frank Summers, PhD, ABPP, and Kris Yi, PhD, PsyD, but applications are to be retrieved only from the website location listed above. Each set of application materials will list the appropriate people to whom questions about the individual components may be addressed. 

Graduate Students Committee

These awards are granted to 20 graduate students in clinical psychology or a closely related discipline. Applicants must show demonstrated interest in clinical psychology. For application details or any questions, contact Claude Barbre, PhD.

Multicultural Concerns Committee

Twenty-two 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

Ten awards will be granted to early career professionals who have 10 years or less postdoctoral experience.

Contact person: Michael Donnell.

Section VIII: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Five awards will be given to graduate students or early career professionals in clinical psychology or allied discipline 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 Robin Gomolin, PhD.

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.