Research Fellowship


The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage clinicians and academics to pursue psychoanalytic research in conjunction with their professional pursuits.


Early career psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and academics are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Psychoanalytic candidates are not eligible to apply for this fellowship. Applicants should demonstrate a serious ongoing interest in psychoanalysis and its relationship to their primary field. They should be prepared to contribute to their field of expertise through psychoanalytic research.

Benefits/ The fellowship offers

  • The fellowship is for one academic year.
  • The fellow will be assigned an experienced psychoanalyst as a mentor for one year. The mentor will assist the mentee in developing an individual program to further his or her clinical scholarly and/or research interests in relation to psychoanalysis. The mentor is available to discuss readings, cases, and research in psychoanalytic theory on a monthly basis.
  • The fellow will receive a one-year subscription to PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing).
  • The fellow will have one-year privileges at the Betty Golde Smith Memorial Library.
  • The fellow will be able to attend Analytic Training or Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) courses at 75% of the cost, not to exceed $1,275.


A public presentation of the research project to the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and possibly other venues, at the end of the fellowship.


1) A one-page form to be filled out and mailed, by April 15, with your fellowship application to:

Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor
Saint Louis MO 63124
Attn: Chair of Education Committee

2) A curriculum vitae. Please include your expected position during the fellowship term.

3) A personal statement no longer than ten pages. The Education Committee would like to learn something about you as a person as well as understand your intellectual interests, professional development, and how these will be enhanced by psychoanalytic theory. You should include information about how you will use the fellowship to further your professional goals.

Additionally, please address the following points in your personal statement

  1. Personal history.
  2. How your interest in the mind has developed and become relevant to your clinical work, research, leadership, teaching, and written or artistic endeavors.
  3. Career and other intellectual interests and professional goals. These may include the areas of applied psychoanalysis and community outreach/development.

4) Two letters of recommendation. Please send a letter of support from a supervisor, faculty, or senior colleague.

APPLICATION: Download from the link below, fill out, and return to the Institute

Research Fellowship Application

2019 Research Fellow:

Hawkins, Huey 2019HUEY HAWKINS, JR., LCSW

This research topic will employ a qualitative case study to understand the meaning of Black male endangerment for mothers of Black sons and explore how that maternal meaning is experienced by Black men.



Past Research Fellows:


alicia naveasALICIA NAVEAS, MA

The loss of Identity during the immigration journey

Understanding the impact of the immigration process in the identity of the Hispanic population





The Relationship between Tolerance for Uncertainty and Intergroup Understanding

In this research, we explore the impact of individual Tolerance for Uncertainty as a mediator in the relationship between individual affiliation with a group identity and emotional empathy for other group identities.  This potential relationship is of key importance to therapists, as empathy is known to be a significant component in the development of a successful therapeutic alliance with clients.



Psychotherapeutic Subjectivities: Experiences of Change in Psychoanalysis and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

This research study sets out to explore personal experiences of change in two influential and commonly used psychotherapeutic modalities: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalysis.  It seeks to compare and contrast experiences of change between these practices from a theoretically informed human sciences research perspective