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Applications accepted from all geographic locations, April 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019.

Overview of Award Process

  • Organizations and individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.

  • Completed nominations received by August 31 are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who determine that year’s recipients.

  • Nominees are contacted regarding nomination status in December.

Who is Eligible?

  • Organizations and individuals are eligible for the Award.

  • Nominees whose work has substantially contributed to psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thought over the preceding decade.

  • Nominees who have completed work within the 10 years prior to the Award nomination year. Proposed work or work still in progress is not eligible.

  • Nominees whose accomplishments are insightful and/or ground breaking, advancing the understanding or evolution of psychoanalysis for the public good.

  • Applicants from all regions, across the globe are encouraged to apply.

The Trust encourages and seeks broad diversity among its nominees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender, gender expression or identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status.

Who is Not Eligible?

  • Nominees may not be currently serving or have served during the preceding year as an officer of any national or international psychoanalytic association.

  • Nominees may not be currently serving or have served as a Trustee of The Sigourney Award Trust.

Application Process

Nomination packets must be completed and submitted online by the nominee or a third party by August 31. While nominations are expected to be clear and articulate, the nominations are not judged on writing style, grammar, or spelling to ensure that international nominees are not slighted due to English being a second language.

Evaluation Process

Each year in October and November, a panel of three to five independent judges meet to review all completed nomination packets and determine that year’s recipients. Judges are appointed by the Trustees; their identity is strictly confidential. The judges evaluate nominees based on stated criteria and an objective scale.

In evaluating nominations, judges consider whether the nominee’s work:

  • supports The Sigourney Award's vision and mission;

  • represents a significant impact on the field of psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic thought;

  • expands the reach of psychoanalytic thought in a specific region, population, or the world;

  • increases positive public awareness of psychoanalytic enterprise;

  • utilizes psychoanalytic thinking to promote the public good;

  • brings innovation to the field of psychoanalytic thought; and/or

  • is central to disciplines beyond psychoanalysis, including but not limited to art, journalism, medicine, science, and social justice.


Award Overview and Benefits  

The Sigourney Award invests in the future of psychoanalysis by rewarding outstanding work that: 

  • applies psychoanalysis or contributes psychoanalytic thought in other fields and disciplines. 

  • increases public awareness and the study of psychoanalysis 

  • applies psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic thought for the public good.


  • Recipients receive an award typically ranging from $25,000 to $40,000 US dollars.

  • The award amount of the award varies each year based on a number of variables, including the annual number of recipients and tax requirements.

  • Recipients may use their award in any manner they choose.


Join a remarkable group of Award Recipients.

  • Awards are announced to the global psychoanalytic community.

  • Recipients are listed on The Sigourney Award Trust website with a photo and an overview of their work.

  • Awards are also announced on LinkedIn, Facebook, and other web-based forums.

  • A press release announcing annual Recipients is distributed to press, professional groups, and each Award Recipient.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
— Sigmund Freud