Public Diplomacy Studies Award

Each year, the Walter Robert Endowment grants a second year student in the Global Communication M.A. program an award of $1,000 and/or $500 based on academic excellence in public diplomacy studies while at GW and professional aspirations in the field of public diplomacy. Here is a downloadable .pdf version of the application requirements. 

Although there are no specific requirements, strong consideration will go toward students who meet the following qualifications:

  • Select public diplomacy as their degree specialization
  • Received high marks in public diplomacy courses taken at GW
  • Worked or currently work in a public diplomacy-related field
  • Maintain interest in pursuing a career in public diplomacy following graduation.

Application process

Applications for the 2016 Award are now closed. Please check back in January/February of 2017 for the next award. 

  • Degree Program
  • Area of Concentration
  • GPA (overall and within concentration)
  • Public Diplomacy courses taken and grades received
  • Other PD-related courses and grades received
  • PD-related work experience
  • Short essay (750 words max) describing the applicant’s interest and 
experience in public diplomacy, and career goals. 
2. Submit the application electronically to

Selection and notification

Once applications have been submitted, a committee comprised of the IPDGC program director and members of the Walter Roberts Endowment Board will review and determine the recipients. Notifications will be send via e-mail, typically around mid-April. First place winners will receive $1,000. If the applicant pool warrants, a second place award may be granted in the amount of $500.

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Iris Froeba

Meet Iris Froeba, the 2015 recipient of the Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies.