Hans W. Cohn Fund

The SEA Hans W Cohn Fund (previously known as the Hans W Cohn Scholarship) was established by the Society for Existential Analysis 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 giving a talk at the Society’s AGM or annual conference about their research or a particular aspect of existential psychotherapy. It is also hoped that a recipient will write a paper for the Society’s Journal ‘Existential Analysis’.

NB: The Fund is independent of the Hans W. Cohn Bursary which was established in 2005 in memory of Hans and was funded by donations/monies raised at events; it ran for five years sponsoring nine students and is now closed.

The Hans W. Cohn Fund is funded by the SEA Society and has two main criteria:

Originally it was for PhD candidates only and it has now been extended to include those taking a taught doctorate/Psych D and those studying existential psychotherapy at post-graduate level (e.g. Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy).

The student must be in financial need and having difficulty meeting the cost of their fees. An applicant is also considered to be a gifted and responsible student who, after completing their studies, will continue to promote existential-phenomenological thinking.


The Society usually makes several annual Awards up to a total of £10,000 provided funds are available. The Award is paid directly to the College where the recipient is studying.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must be a practicing psychotherapist (can also be working as an honorary psychotherapist/in placement) and 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. They will be able to demonstrate financial need. 

Selection Procedure

Recipients will be selected by an SEA sub-committee, who will consider:

  • the students financial need
  • their academic record
  • involvement in existential-phenomenology
  • personal statement and references

Application Procedures

Applications from PhD 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.

Please contact Karen Weixel DixonSEA HWC Fund Administrator for an Application Form: seahwcfund@existentialanalysis.org.uk