Nominations for the annual Award are accepted between March and July each year. Anyone may nominate or support the nomination of a qualified individual or organization from the region of that year’s Award. See Nomination Instructions for information to be submitted. Up to five letters of nomination or support can be submitted for each nominee. Each individual or organization nominated is then asked to submit a current CV and a brief statement of no more than five pages describing his or her most significant contributions to psychoanalysis or related disciplines.
Recipients are chosen from among each year’s nominees by an independent three-judge panel, appointed by the Trustees. Judges are typically practicing psychiatrists or psychoanalysts, members of the academic community, researchers intimately involved in evaluating the psychoanalytic process, or other qualified person familiar with psychoanalytic work in the region of that year’s Award. To keep the process independent, the identity of the judges remains confidential except to the Trustees and the other judges serving that year.
The judges typically reach their decision by early October. Recipients are then notified of the judges’ decision and the names of that year’s recipients are announced on this website. Each year’s recipients are honored at an award ceremony.