Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
The 2021 Application Period is Closed
The 2021 Guidelines and Application remain here for informational purposes only;
details are subject to change in future guidelines.
2022 Guidelines will be posted during Summer 2021.
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 Collections Page for more information on these scholars, or search the Archives and Manuscripts Database.
How to Apply
Download the 2021 CDDF Guidelines and Application Instructions.
(Application period is closed. Use for informational purposes only.)
All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 15, 2021.
If you have further questions after reading the Guidelines and Application Instructions, contact OPUS Administration
805.969.5750 | Email.
2020 Recipient of the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
OPUS Archives and Research Center is pleased to announce that James Perrin has been awarded the 2020 Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship.
James will receive $5,000 to support research for his dissertation titled The Animum: Queering Jungian & Post-Jungian Anima / Animus Theories. This study seeks to craft a new anima/animus theory that is “fully rainbow compatible,” by examining Jungian, post-Jungian, and queer theories, elaborating the meta-theoretical tensions and structures both within and between them that create the apparent contradictions in the areas of sex, gender, and sexuality, thus allowing a union of those fields’ structuralist and post-structuralist epistemologies.
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.
Contributing to OPUS Grants and Scholarships
Grants and Scholarships are offered by OPUS as as funds become available. If you are interested in contributing to an OPUS scholarship fund, please contact OPUS Administration at 805.969.5750 | Email.