Research Awards

Alexander Hamilton Medal
Each year the Institute for Public Relations presents its highest award to someone who has made major contributions to the practice of public relations.

Big Apple Award For Best Use of Research, Measurement and Evaluation
Winners in each category of the PRSA NY Big Apple Awards are eligible to receive the “Best Use of Research, Measurement and Evaluation Award” presented by the Institute for Public Relations.

Case Study Competition in Corporate Communications
The Arthur W. Page Society, in alliance with the Institute for Public Relations, conducts this annual award competition for original case studies written by students at accredited schools of business, communications or journalism that focus on corporate communication and the practice of public relations. Winning students and their faculty advisors receive cash prizes up to $5,000 and $1,500 respectively, plus recognition at an awards ceremony dinner in New York City.

Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research
Sponsored by Ketchum, this grant and internship program is designed to promote, foster and assist in the development of new research methods in public relations, focusing specific attention on measuring public relations effectiveness. The winner receives a $2,500 cash grant and a $7,500 10-week public relations internship with Ketchum in New York City.

Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship
The Institute for Public Relations awards the Grunig PRIME Fellowship on an annual basis, sponsored by PRIME Research. The award supports and encourages graduate student interest in applied public relations research as a career opportunity. It includes a six-week paid work experience.

IPR-PRIME Research Infographic Design Internship Competition
The Institute for Public Relations and PRIME Research invites all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university to participate in the second annual infograhpic design competition. Participants must be students in a communication, journalism or business program at an accredited university or college. Applicants must work as individuals. Only one prize will be given out per infographic design.

IPRRC Top Paper Awards
Three awards are given annually at the International Public Relations Research Conference for the top three papers. Winners receive $1,000 per paper.

Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement
The Jack Felton Medal is an award for lifetime achievement for contributions made in the advancement of research, measurement and evaluation in public relations and corporate communication. The recipients of the medal will be those individuals who epitomize the philosophic perspectives of Jack Felton on the value of research and measurement in the advancement of public relations as a profession.

Makovsky Best Master’s Thesis of the Year Award
Funded by a donation from Makovsky, this program is designed to recognize graduate study and scholarship in public relations. The winner receives a $2,000 cash grant. The winner’s faculty advisor receives a $1,000 cash grant.

Pathfinder Award
A $2,000 cash grant is given in recognition of an original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of PR.

Thoth Award
The Thoth Awards recognize the most outstanding, strategic public relations programs and products developed and produced in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 35 categories.