Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship

Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship


Applications are due by March 7, 2014.
Winner notification is March 31, 2014.


The Institute for Public Relations awards the Grunig PRIME Fellowship on an annual basis, sponsored by PRIME Research. The Fellowship is named for James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig, professors emeriti, University of Maryland.


The award supports and encourages graduate student interest in applied public relations research as a career opportunity.

Award Content

  • The Fellow will work at PRIME Research’s Ann Arbor, MI, offices for six weeks in the summer following the end of the academic year to learn more about public relations research including data collection, data analysis, interpretation of research results and consultation.
  • The Fellow will be responsible for carrying out work as assigned by his or her supervisor along with other tasks to be determined in advance of the Fellowship.
  • In exchange for the above, the Fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend along with free walk-to-work lodging.
  • At the end of this experience, the Fellow will produce a research paper intended for practitioners. IPR recommends the following topics:
    • What drives choice and changes behavior?
    • Organizational communication.
    • A broader context for social networking and what it means.
    • Restoring reputation in an environment of extremely low trust.
    • Models to predict the probability of public relationship outcomes.
  • The Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for the research paper after it has been accepted for publication by IPR.
  • The Fellow will be recognized at IPR’s Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner on November 13, 2014.

Who May Apply

  • Graduate students in public relations, communications or business who are studying in the United States.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of study toward a graduate degree, and at least one methodology course in research methods (e.g., survey, content analysis, experimental design, etc.).
  • Additional requirements include: basic knowledge of statistics, computer and internet proficiency, fluency in English (written and spoken), and appropriate legal status to work in the US in such a Fellowship position.

Required Application Materials

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research Prospectus that outlines the type of research project you contemplate designing and carrying out, should you be awarded the grant.
  • Personal statement explaining why the applicant is qualified for the Fellowship
  • A copy of official transcript
  • Recommendation letter sent directly from the applicant’s faculty advisor

Address for Submissions: Email to Jenn Moyer

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by an Advisory Council of distinguished public relations researchers and educators including:
    • Larissa A. Grunig
    • James E. Grunig
    • Patty Lin (PRIME Research)
    • Mark Weiner (PRIME Research)
    • Frank Ovaitt (Institute for Public Relations)
  • Telephone interviews will be conducted with the finalists
  • After the Advisory Council has made its recommendations, the final selection will be made by PRIME Research