This annual Fellowship carries the name of Professor Downing in acknowledgement of her contribution to the fields of depth psychology and mythology, her many years of teaching at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and of her gift to OPUS of her own archival materials. The purpose of the Downing Fellowship will be to award an annual scholarship to dissertation students of any accredited graduate level institution in the fields of depth psychology and mythology. Once awarded, the winning student must use the collections at OPUS for a significant amount of her or his dissertation research.
The archival collections available for research at OPUS include Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Jane and Joseph Wheelwright, Christine Downing, Marion Woodman, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Katie Sanford. Visit the individual collection pages for more information on these scholars.
Announcing the 2014-2015 CDDF Award Recipient
We are delighted to announce that the 2014-2015 Christine Downing Dissertation Fellow is Michelle Mueller, M.Div. Michelle is a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California studying in the department of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions. Her dissertation title is “Communities of Plural Love: A Comparative Ethnography of Polyamorists and Independent Fundamentalist Mormons” and she will be working in the Downing, Campbell, and Hollister Wheelwright collections with a focus on themes related to love, sexuality, family, relationship, parenting and children, adult formation and gender.
Please use the following links to the updated Guidelines and Application Procedures for the 2015-2016 Fellowship:
2016 CDDF Guidelines
2016 CDDF Application Instructions
View Shannon's award announcement
View Jason's award announcement
Opus Archives and Research Center is a non-profit research center that houses the archives of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Jane and Joseph Wheelwright, Christine Downing, Marion Woodman, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Katie Sanford. In addition to safeguarding these important resources, Opus works to foster ongoing research in the fields of depth psychology and mythological studies.