Public Diplomacy Studies Awards

Walter Roberts Endowment support for GWU Graduate Students 

The Walter Roberts Endowment, through IPDGC, has been consistent in supporting and recognizing GWU students of public diplomacy. 

Public Diplomacy Studies Award

Since 2011, the Walter Robert Endowment has recognized a graduating student pursuing a Master’s program at the GW Elliott School of International Affairs, for academic excellence in public diplomacy studies.

To apply for the Public Diplomacy Studies Award, which provides a $1000 prize:

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time second-year students in graduate programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and have taken a Public Diplomacy class. (List of PD Classes)

Applicants will have to submit:

  1. A resume
  2. A 500-word essay on their goals for pursuing further studies or careers based on their PD courses
  3. A one-paragraph letter of support from a professor

Submission is now open. Deadline is Monday, March 2 (9:00AM ET)

All submissions to be sent to with the subject line “PD Studies Award 2020”.

The Global Communication program at GW was instrumental in equipping me with the context necessary to be a successful public diplomacy practitioner in the Foreign Service. The research I conducted there on the framing powers of media, the use of online engagement tools in public diplomacy, and a host of other topics has helped me to make substantive contributions to embassy outreach strategy during diplomatic tours in India and Japan, and will serve me well through the rest of my career. The Walter R. Roberts Award itself not only supported my study at GWU but also encouraged me to pursue a public diplomacy and public service career path.

Akash Suri

Foreign Service Officer with U.S. State Department, Global Communication MA'11 and recipient of the first Walter R. Roberts Award for Diplomatic Studies

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Dear Friend,

Thirteen years ago, the Walter Roberts Endowment was established with generous contributions from Dr. Roberts and the Roberts family. The Endowment was to ensure continued support for public diplomacy through higher learning and research, recognition of leadership and shared best PD practices.

The Endowment has assisted in funding activities of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) at the George Washington University.

The Annual Walter Roberts Lecture for 2020 will feature Dr. Joseph S. Nye, who, 30 years ago, originated the term “soft power” in describing the persuasive approach in U.S. foreign policy. The Lecture will be held on January 30, 2020, at the Elliott School for International Affairs.

The Endowment continues to support IPDGC’s Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy, which honors members of Congress who have been consistently supportive of public diplomacy throughout their careers. These awards support public diplomacy micro-projects in institutions situated in the member’s state or congressional district.

The Endowment also encourages GW graduate students to excel in public diplomacy studies. Hence, to move ahead, we are trying to increase the size of the Endowment to allow us to provide grants to graduate students who could not otherwise afford to study public diplomacy at GW.

We encourage you to join with the Roberts family in continuing to support the vital public diplomacy outreach work that the Endowment underwrites.