Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans for Psychoanalytic Candidates


Institute Administered Scholarships


June Jackson Christmas Scholarships—Division I and CAPTP

These scholarships honor the Institute’s first Black female graduate, June Jackson Christmas, MD, who graduated in 1959.  These need-based scholarships are awarded to Black candidates in Division I (our adult analytic training program) and our Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program and provide funding for up to the full amount of program tuition.  The scholarships are renewable on a yearly basis.


Dr. Christmas used her psychoanalytic training to inform her work in a range of urban mental health settings, including as a psychiatrist at Riverdale Children’s Association, as Founder/Director, Harlem Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Harlem Hospital/Columbia University (1962-1972), and as NYC Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services from 1972 till 1980.  Dr. Christmas also led the transition team for Carter’s incoming Department of Health, Education and Welfare; served as a member of New York Governor Mario Cuomo's Advisory Committee on Black Affairs in 1986; and chaired NYC Mayor David Dinkins' Advisory Council on Child Health in New York City from 1990 to 1994.  Dr. Christmas retired from private practice in 2019.


The Mark J. Blechner Psychoanalytic Scholarship is awarded to a person of color or a transgender person with financial need and high ability. It provides funding toward the Institute's tuition for one year of psychoanalytic training in Division I, with year-to-year renewal for up to three years based upon the scholarship winner’s performance in the preceding year of training.


The Marylou Lionells Psychoanalytic Scholarship Endowment Fund was created to encourage a broad spectrum of meritorious professionals, who might otherwise have been unable to do so, to pursue psychoanalytic training.  


The Benjamin Wolstein Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to help defray the costs of training of an outstandingly gifted student in financial need.


The Michael Herman Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Michael Herman, who suffered from lifelong depression. The scholarship is intended for Division I candidates with a strong interest in working with chronically depressed patients. It has been endowed with funds left in Mr. Herman’s will at the request of his mother, Iris Ivers, and his stepsister, Dr. Karen Ivers. Applicants are required to provide a statement outlining their interest as well as documentation of financial need. The scholarship is renewable on a yearly basis.


Independently Administered Fellowships


Catherine Stuart Memorial Fellowship

Catherine Stuart was a graduate of the White Alanson White Institute.  Prior to her untimely passing in 2007, Cathy had begun to address the challenge of increasing the diversity of analytic candidates at White and broadening the conversation about race and gender at the Institute. This fellowship encourages applicants who would increase the diversity of the class or who would bring significant clinical experience serving diverse clinical populations. Applicants for grants should submit a CV and a brief personal introduction of three to four paragraphs about how they meet the Fellowship's mission to Bill Lubart ( or directly submit materials to: William D. Lubart, PhD, Catherine Stuart Memorial Fellowship; 450 West 24th Street, Suite 1A; NY, NY 10011.




The Judith Harris Selig Memorial Fund has established a revolving educational loan fund to defray expenses of training for needy candidates. It is intended to aid worthy applicants whose financial resources are inadequate.


The Jane Michel McGarry Revolving Loan Fund has been established as an educational fund to defray expenses of training. It is intended to aid worthy psychologists whose financial resources are inadequate.



Candidate Assistance Fund of the American Psychoanalytic Association provides loans up to $5,000 to analytic candidates.  Loans, to be repaid within a maximum of six years, are made from a revolving fund. Thus, repayment is critical in order to continue making loans. Loans are interest-free, but carry a one-time 1% service charge that is deducted when the loan is made. Loans are based on need and ability to repay.  Any questions should be addressed to Tom Newman at



Veterans Administration Benefits are available to eligible students.



Except where indicated, inquiries regarding the above scholarships, awards and loans should be addressed to Elizabeth Krimendahl, Psy.D., Director, at (212) 873-0725, Ext. 15 or for confidential consideration by the Financial Aid Committee.  In keeping with the mandate of the Board of Trustees, any financial aid must be need-based and  may be further subject to the donor restrictions.  See Financial Aid Policies and Application for a list of the required documentation.