Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
The 2019 Application period is closed.
Guidelines remain available for reference purpose only.
2020 Guidelines will become available in summer 2019 and may contain changes
The 2019 Application and Guidelines are Available for Download
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 CDDF Guidelines and Application Instructions for 2019.
All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on January 3, 2019.
If you have further questions after reading the Guidelines and Application Instructions, contact OPUS Administration
805.969.5750 | Email.
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.
Announcing the 2018 Recipient of the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
OPUS Archives and Research Center is pleased to announce that Michael Joseph Comlish has been awarded the 2018 Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship.
Michael will receive $5,000 to support research for his dissertation titled Reviving Chrysippus: Heterocentricism and the Oedipus Complex in Clinical Psychology. The goal of this theoretical hermeneutic study is to explore the forgotten, erased or ignored metaphors and meanings surrounding the Greek myth of Oedipus, toward broadening clinical conceptualizations of male homoerotic desire absent in Freud’s Oedipal theory. Michael’s research in the archives will focus on the collections of Christine Downing, James Hillman, and Marija Gimbutas.