The Award may be made to one or more persons or organizations residing within the geographic area eligible for consideration who have created a significant portion of their work in that region.
All nominees are evaluated for contributions during the ten years preceding the year of the Award. It is expected that recipients have committed and productive careers during which they made major contributions to clinical psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic research, including its application to the fields of medicine, psychiatry, or other sciences, the humanities, or the public good. The Award also recognizes work that increases the pubic awareness, as well as the study of, psychoanalysis.
For the geographic areas eligible for consideration in a particular year see 3 Year Geographical Cycle.