Affiliate Scholars Program

The Affiliate Scholars Program offers scholars in a variety of fields the opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychoanalytic theory by taking classes at the Center in our Adult and Child Psychoanalytic programs. Over the years, Affiliate Scholars have been professors, authors, scientists, social scientists, and graduate students who have a particular research or writing project underway.

Each Affiliate Scholar's course of study is tailored to their particular project. In consultation with an advisor from the Psychoanalytic Center faculty, Affiliate Scholars select classes that will most enrich their ongoing research or writing, choosing from among regular course offerings and electives that vary from year to year. Generally, they enroll in two classes per semester for a year, though some have chosen to extend their time at the Psychoanalytic Center to two years.

At the Center, Affiliate Scholars take classes along with psychiatrists and psychologists who are engaged in clinical psychoanalytic training. Both students and faculty find that the interdisciplinary composition of classes is intellectually enlivening for all.

Columbia University graduate students may also wish to consider the Psychoanalytic Studies Program based at the Morningside campus. Clinicians who wish to develop their understanding and improve their skills in working with patients should explore our clinical training programs in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

Affiliate Scholars are taught within the adult psychoanalysis program and will follow that program’s policies. All Monday classes are taught in person, and all Thursday classes are taught over Zoom.


  • Full Year Courses
    • $1,968 each
  • Eight Week Electives
    • $492 each


To apply, please complete the application form linked here, including a description of the specific scholarly project or area of academic interest that would be the focus of your work at the Center. As part of the application, you will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and to meet with members of the Affiliate Scholars Program Committee. The completed application is due by April 30.

Affiliate Scholars Program Application

You may return your completed application to the Program Coordinator at or to:

The Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032

When your application is complete, you will be interviewed by a member of the Affiliate Scholar Program Committee. Applicants should be able to describe a scholarly project or an area of academic interest that they feel will be enriched by their study at the Center.