The Austen Riggs Center is now excepting applications for the Fellowship Program.

We offer an Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy for both psychiatrists (post-residency) and psychologists (postdoctoral). Psychiatrists are also eligible to apply for a two year Fellowship and psychology Fellows are eligible for licensure after completion of the first 24 months of the postdoctoral Fellowship. Our psychoanalytic training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). Our Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy has membership in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This program is part of the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute for Education and Research. Our training includes a systems perspective, emphasizing individual development across the lifespan from within familial and cultural contexts. Fellows learn to work with disturbances in patients’ interpersonal and treatment contexts that reflect and illuminate patients’ intrapsychic struggles, fostering a more integrative approach while developing leadership and consultative skills.


Austen Riggs Center Fellowship Brochure.THE FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES TRAINING IN

  • Adult psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy 
  • A hospital-based systems approach
  • Work with families
  • Psychological testing (for psychologists)
  • Psychodynamic psychopharmacology (for psychiatrists)
  • Work within a therapeutic community program, where learning is focused on the application of psychoanalytic understanding to group phenomena, and on the development of leadership and consulting skills


  • Clinical supervision
  • Weekly didactic seminars by a distinguished faculty from Riggs, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and other prestigious institutions
  • Support for two years (300 hours) of personal analysis
  • Opportunities to engage in clinical research related to complex mental illness
  • Support for external education and conference attendance, and use of the superb Riggs on-site library and library services 

Our robust, in-depth program prepares Fellows to

  • Work effectively with patients with complex psychiatric difficulties
  • Understand a psychodynamic systems perspective in a therapeutic community program
  • Teach and supervise others
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge about disturbed development and its treatment

Satisfactory completion of the first two years of the Austen Riggs Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy meets postdoctoral supervised practice requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Psychology Fellows. 

Fellows are evaluated twice annually by supervisors (written and oral report) and throughout the academic year by individual instructors (written report). A Due Process procedure is available to all Fellows from the Director of Training. For additional information on the policy or the Fellowship, contact Director of Training Jennifer Stevens, PhD, at jennifer.stevens@austenriggs.net or 413.931.5275.


Formal complaints about the professional conduct of Fellows or Full Faculty of the Erikson Institute may be made by writing or calling the Director of Training and Chair of the Faculty:  

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP 
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research
The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center
25 Main Street 
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 931-5213


Find out what leaders in the field are saying about the Austen Riggs Center Fellowship Program.

Applications accepted year-round for psychiatrists and due by December 1 for psychologists.

Prerequisites for psychiatry applicants include completion of a psychiatric residency. Psychology applicants must have a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-accredited program and a year of clinical internship at an APA-accredited or APPIC-listed site. In addition, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required. Select applicants will be invited to Riggs for in-person interviews. The Austen Riggs Center provides an excellent and competitive salary and benefits package, including support for two years of personal psychoanalysis. View and download an application here

Dr. Jane G. Tillman talks about the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.


Hear psychology Fellows talk about the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.In Their Own Words: Austen Riggs Center Psychology Fellows

Our psychology Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique. 


Hear psychiatry Fellows talk about their experience in the Fellowship Program at the Austen Riggs Center.In Their Own Words: Austen Riggs Center Psychiatry Fellows

Our psychiatry Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique. 


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