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.

Best Master’s Thesis Award

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.

Big Apple Award

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.

BledCom Special Prize

The IPR Global Commission supports and promotes research that expands management tools by which organizations can more effectively execute their global public relations programs. Any paper accepted by the BledCom Symposium is eligible for the special prize.

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 advisers receive cash prizes up to $5,000 and $1,500 respectively, plus recognition at an awards ceremony dinner in New York City


This 500 Euro prize for the best new research in a selected area of international public relations is awarded at the EUPRERA (European Association for Public Relations Research & Education) Annual Congress.

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 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 Golden Ruler Award

This award recognizes excellent public relations research and measurement as an integral part of public relations practice. Entries are sought from the four pillars of public relations measurement – Client, Counseling, Research Provider, and Academic. The award is bestowed by the Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation, a commission of the Institute for Public Relations.

Ketchum Excellence in PR Research Award

Sponsored by Ketchum, this grant & 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.

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.

Social Science of Social Media Case Study Competition

Led by the IPR Social Science of Social Media Research Center, the competition invites practitioners, educators and students to submit original case studies concerning the use, effects and importance of social media on the practice of public relations. Cash prizes totally $1,750 are awarded to the winning groups, and selected entries are housed on the SSSM site and promoted via academic and practitioner channels.