Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
The 2022 Application Period is Now Open
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 2022 CDDF Guidelines and Application Instructions.
All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 14, 2022.
If you have further questions after reading the Guidelines and Application Instructions, contact OPUS Administration
805.969.5750 | Email.
2021 Recipient of the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship
OPUS Archives and Research Center is pleased to announce that Verity Birt has been awarded the 2021 Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship.
Verity is part of the Art, Design, and Social Sciences program at Northumbria University in England. She will receive $5,000 to support research for her dissertation titled Re-enchanting the World: A Feminist Sympoiesis. Her research will largely focus on the collection of Marija Gimbutas as she seeks to demonstrate “the importance and power of aesthetic, imaginative practice as a fundamental cultural tool of knowledge production throughout (and beyond) history.” OPUS materials will contribute to Verity’s creative research practice of writing, sculpture, ceramics, performance, sound and film-making.
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
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