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Postgraduate Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The MIP Postgraduate Fellowship Program is designed for mental health providers and scholars who are interested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and theory. The program offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of models of the treatment process in terms of the historical contribution of each model as well as its current clinical application. Grounded in a contemporary, comparative, creative approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the fellowship aims to enrich participants’ understanding of human nature and to promote a deeper, more vital and effective clinical practice. Faculty and fellows will present their own psychotherapy cases and the fellows will have ample opportunity to discuss many of the practical issues that emerge in initiating and deepening their clinical work.

Course work consists of two closely integrated seminars, one didactic, the other clinical. Both seminars meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the Harvard Faculty Club, Quincy Street, Cambridge. There are four terms for a total of nineteen sessions, including a final review and evaluation. The number of participants in the program is limited to create optimal seminar interaction.

After the first year of the fellowship there may be an optional second year seminar for which all graduates of the first year program will be eligible.

Referrals for individual supervision coordinated with the fellowship will be available on request. Each fellow will have an individual MIP advisor available to consult on any issues related to the program and professional plans.

MIP fellows automatically become members of MIP during their Fellowship and have the benefit of reduced membership fees for two years following completion of the program. As MIP members, fellows are able to participate with other MIP members in short courses held during the winter, to utilize MIP referral lists and to vote in MIP elections.

Current Curriculum

1st Term

Freud, Classical Theory, and the Rise of Ego Psychology: Dealing with Clinical Problems from these Traditional Perspectives

2nd Term

Winnicott, Klein, and Object Relations: Alternative Visions of the Mind and How They Shape the Treatment Process

3rd Term

Self Psychology: From Kohut to Contemporary Perspectives

4th Term

Contemporary Relational Theory: How Current Theorists are Influencing the Practice of Psychotherapy


Overview and Evaluation of the Course


Application Process

The deadline for receiving applications is May 15, 2024. Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Final decisions will be made by June 1st, 2024. Please note: since we are committed to the educational value of smaller seminars, the limited available spaces may well be filled before the final May 15 deadline, early applications are strongly advised.

To apply, please fill out the application form, including the following documents:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Interest. Please describe your interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and what you hope to gain from the fellowship program.
  • Two current letters of reference from supervisors or colleagues.

For your application to be complete, please also send a non-refundable $25 application fee.


First Year Program: $2,300 ($1,150 in the fall and spring)

Optional Second Year Program: $1,350 ($675 in the fall and spring)

Please note that tuition includes a full year of membership in MIP.

Tuition Assistance

A small amount of funds are available to help reduce the cost of tuition for those applicants who have a financial need. Requests for tuition remission will be considered separately from the admissions process and will have no bearing on admission. Please contact us indicating your interest in assistance. Tuition assistance requests should be submitted when you apply.

Continuing Education Credits

Please contact us for information about professional credits.


If you have any questions about the Postgraduate Fellowship Program please feel free to contact us.