SEA Fund in honour of Hans W. Cohn

The SEA Fund in honour of Hans W. Cohn is a continuation of the scholarship that was established by the SEA in 1996 on the occasion of Hans’ 80th Birthday. Hans was committed to the practice of existential psychotherapy as a psychotherapist, author, tutor and supervisor.In the spirit of his work applications will only be considered from students who show a strong commitment to existential psychotherapy and from those researching existential concepts with regard to their relevance for the existential practitioner.

Recipients of the Fund will be expected to make a contribution to the Society by hosting a forum and/or giving a talk at the Society’s AGM or annual conference about their research or a particular aspect of existential psychotherapy. We also ask the recipient to prepare a paper for publication in the SEA journal Existential Analysis during the time that they are receiving the scholarship.


The aim of the Fund is to provide financial support for those studying or carrying our research in the field of existential psychotherapy and who are in demonstrable financial need.


The amount awarded varies depending on the funds available and the number of eligible candidates applying. In some circumstances the award may be spread over 2 years. PLEASE NOTE: the award will be paid directly to the training institute upon receipt of invoice.

The award is funded by the society and has four main criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must be a practicing psychotherapist (can also be working as an honorary psychotherapist/in placement), including PhD candidates, those taking a taught doctorate/Psych D., or studying existential therapy at a post-graduate level (e.g. Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy or equivalent).

The applicant must also be a member of the SEA for a minimum of one year at the time of application.

They need to show a commitment to existential psychotherapy and to be a particularly gifted and responsible student.

The applicant must be in financial need and having difficulties meeting the cost of their academic fees.

Application procedures

Applications from Ph. D. students can be made once the university has accepted their research proposal, those studying for a Professional Doctorate or taking the ADEP or equivalent course must be enrolled on their course. Applications must include: the application form; a personal statement; two letters of support – one from the Course Director and one from their clinical supervisor.

PLEASE NOTE: once a candidate receives an award, they cannot apply again; an unsuccessful candidate may apply again in a subsequent year and must submit a new application.

For application deadlines, and an application form, please contact