APF/Division 39 Grant

$5,500 to support efforts in education, research and service that advance and encourage the field of psychoanalysis. 


Sponsors: APF ; Division 39


The Div. 39 Grant supports efforts in education, research, and service that demonstrate the value of psychoanalytic principles and advance the field of psychoanalysis. The Fund supports new projects that have impact at the interface of psychoanalysis and contemporary society. The Fund is especially committed to supporting the next generations of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically oriented psychologists, and to improving the health and well-being of under-served populations. 

The 2018 Div. 39 Grant will support funding for dissertation research on a topic related to psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic therapy. Preference will be given to projects that explicitly consider and address issues of diversity and social justice.

As funding for graduate education in psychology has diminished, graduate students must cope with financial stress that that can affect the quality of their research.  We believe that supporting students who are conducting original research based on psychoanalytic principles is critical to enhancing the future of psychoanalytic psychology in theory and practice.

Funding specifics: one grant of up to $5,500.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals and qualifications

  • Quality and potential impact of the project. 

  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field of psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic therapy.


Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student conducting dissertation research

  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of psychoanalytic principles

  • Agree that if awarded a grant, they will give a follow-up report to the Evaluation Committee on the use and impact of the grant.

How to Apply

Submission Process

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Proposal requirements

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed five pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review

  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments and procedures can be evaluated) 

  • Anticipated outcomes, significance and impact

Additionally, please submit the following documents:

  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year)

  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page)

  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)

  • Two letters of support.

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Past Recipients


Francisco Gonzalez, MD, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California


The Kedzie Center


Felicitas Marie Rost, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust


Anne Dailey