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 [email protected].

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

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