Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2016-2017 IS NOW CLOSED. APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 PERIOD WILL BE POSTED IN EARLY 2017
The Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship (CDDF) 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 her gift to OPUS of her own archival materials. The purpose of the Downing Fellowship is to award an annual scholarship to dissertation students in the fields of depth psychology and mythology studying at any accredited graduate-level institution. Once awarded, the Downing Fellowship recipient 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 Katherine M. Sanford. Visit the collection pages for more information on these scholars.
How to Apply
Download the CDDF Guidelines and Application Instructions for 2016-2017.
All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on October 1, 2016.
Ryan R. Adamczyk, M.A.
Mr. Adamczyk is the recipient of $5,000 to support research for his dissertation titled “Re-imagining Physical Disability: A Second Look at its Phenomenal and Archetypal Significance.” His study endeavors to discover whether or not a positive aspect to the experience of physical disability can be discovered and incorporated into the disabled individual’s psychological life. In other words, a potential positive aspect to the experience of physical disability is being sought without neglecting an awareness of its negative counterpart. Where a strictly cognitive behavioral approach would be focused upon the cure of a symptom, a depth psychological approach is focused upon the care of the soul. This necessarily involves looking for the healing within the wound. Additionally, through an archetypal psychological perspective, Mr. Adamczyk is seeking to imagine a holistic picture of physical disability that offers and opportunity for soul making.
In keeping with the Fellowship’s requirements, Mr. Adamczyk will be conducting research in OPUS’ archival collections. Specifically, he’ll be examining James Hillman’s theories pertaining to the underworld perspective of Archetypal psychology and Marion Woodman’s ideas in the area of archetypal embodiment.
Michelle Mueller, M.Div. – View Michelle’s final report
Shannon Sloan-Spice – View Shannon’s award announcement
Jason Butler – 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.