Deadlines approaching for Walter Roberts awards

Walter R. Roberts
Walter R. Roberts

New WR Public Diplomacy grants supports student research

March 22, 2019

Walter Roberts Public Diplomacy Grant

Thanks to the generous support of the Walter Roberts Endowment, the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) is offering a grant of up to $5,000 to a promising student for a project in public diplomacy.

Public Diplomacy can be defined as the effort of state and non-state actors to educate, influence, and interact with foreign publics to support the actor’s goals. The purpose of the grant is to work with an institution and help it bring to fruition a project of importance to the organization. All projects must be coordinated with a faculty mentor who will provide guidance until its completion. Sample projects include working with the US Department of State, a foreign embassy, a cultural center, or an NGO on:

·       an arts exchange program/event in theater, music, film, or other art forms that culminate in performance or exhibit.

·       a public diplomacy campaign in support of a specific issue the organization believes is important.

·       a video for use in either traditional or social media that builds public support for a particular public diplomacy program.

·       an analysis of the organization’s current use of social media, with recommendations for improvement.

·       an analysis of the effectiveness of an exchange or cultural program, with recommendations for improvement.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the George Washington University. Applications must include the following:

a.    A cover letter describing the project

b.    A letter of support from a GW faculty mentor

c.    A signed endorsement from the cooperating institution.

d.    A detailed budget describing how funds will be used (a. travel c. materials, d. pay for services, etc)

e.    An unofficial transcript obtained from Colonial Central

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected] by April 15, 2019.

Description of the award

Student awardees will receive a $3,500 grant and up to $1,500 in expenses. $2000 will be paid upon notice of the award; the remaining $1500, along with up to $1500 in reimbursed expenses, will be paid upon receipt of the final report.

Faculty will receive $500 per student supervised upon notice of the award.

Deadline

Applicants will be accepted in the spring semester of each academic year for an award to be completed by December 31. This year, the deadline is April 15, 2019. 

Follow Up

Grantees must submit (a) a 600-word blog post to IPDGC’s “Smart Power” blog, and (b) a report, in either written or video form. to their faculty mentor upon completion of the project. The faculty member will agree to forward the report to the board of the Walter Roberts Endowment.

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Walter Roberts Student Prize

APPLICATIONS CLOSED for Spring 2019

 

Each year, thanks to the generous support of the Walter Roberts Endowment, a second-year student in the Global Communication M.A. program receives a prize of $1000 based on academic excellence in Public Diplomacy studies while at George Washington University and professional aspirations for a career in public diplomacy.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time second-year students in the Global Communication M.A. program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Applications must include the following:

a.    A resume;

b.    A filled application form (go to https://go.gwu.edu/5dc)

c.    An essay (500 words) describing your interest and experience in public diplomacy, and career goals;

d.    A blog post (600-800 word) on a PD-related topic of your choice, which will be featured on IPDGC’s Smart Power blog. (https://blogs.gwu.edu/ipdgcsmartpower/)

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected] by March 15, 2019. EXTENDED TO MARCH 22 (11:59pm).

Description of the award

A prize of $1000 will be awarded to a 2nd year graduate student based on academic excellence and aspirations for a career in public diplomacy. (A second prize of $500 is occasionally awarded to another deserving student.)

Deadline

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019. EXTENDED TO MARCH 22 (11:59pm).

Following a Walter Roberts Endowment committee review, notifications will be sent by email and posted to social media by early April.