Eligibility

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and academics who meet the specific eligibility requirements as outlined below are welcome to apply for APsaA’s Fellowship Program.

Applicants may be nominated by their Department Chairs, Program Directors, or an APsaA member. Additionally, self-nominations are encouraged. Applicants must be training or working in the United States during the fellowship year. Reapplication is permitted.

Psychoanalytic Candidates are not eligible for the fellowship because of their ready access to mentors and to scientific activities at local and national levels.

All applicants should:

  • demonstrate leadership ability in their discipline.
  • have special aptitude in research, teaching, artistic, writing, or clinical endeavors.
  • have special interest in psychodynamics, psychoanalysis, applied psychoanalysis, or community outreach/development.

Applicants need not plan to become psychoanalysts.

What are the specific eligibility requirements?

Psychiatry Applicants must, at the time of application, be full-time general or child psychiatry residents, PGY-2 or higher, or fellows or psychiatrists who have become board eligible within the previous three years. They will hold at least half-time academic appointments that include training, leadership, or research responsibilities during the fellowship year.

Psychology Applicants must, at the time of the fellowship, hold at minimum a half-time position with an academic department or clinical training program and have training, leadership, or research responsibilities. Psychology graduate programs must be accredited. Applicants, if predoctoral, must have completed required coursework and be in or beyond the predoctoral internship. If postdoctoral, they must have received the doctoral degree or completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the past five years.

Social Work Applicants must, at the time of the fellowship, have received an M.S.W. or doctoral degree in the last five years. Applicants enrolled in a D.S.W. or Ph.D. program must have received their M.S.W. in the last ten years. Applicants must demonstrate a pursuit of applied psychoanalysis in one or more of the following areas: at minimum, a part-time appointment with an academic department; a position in training, leadership, public policy or research; or an interdisciplinary position (at least part-time) offering an opportunity to teach through didactics or consultation. D.S.W. and Ph.D. applicants must have begun their advanced degrees within five years of the M.S.W.

Academic and Multidisciplinary Applicants must be individuals from academia or non-mental health professions, such as the humanities and social sciences, neuroscience, medicine, law, theology, journalism, and the arts. They should demonstrate a serious ongoing interest in psychoanalysis and its relationship to their primary field. They should be curious about how psychoanalytic theory is used clinically. Applicants must currently work in a position that influences others through education, writing, public speaking, research organizational leadership, performance, or artistic installations. They should be no more than eight years postdoctoral (or its equivalent), or, if predoctoral, be nearing completion of degree.

Questions? Please contact Rosemary Johnson.