The Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is inviting applications for Donald Dyer Scholarships. These scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral or masters by research studies in the field of public relations and/or communication.

The Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is the national industry body for public relations and communication professionals in Australia. PRIA represents and provides professional support and recognition to over 4,000 practitioners and more than 100 consultancies nationwide.

Scholarship Description: 

Application deadline: November 30, 2017
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral or masters by research studies.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of relations and/or communication.
Scholarship Award: The Donald Dyer Scholarship is the largest research scholarship available in Australia for communication scholars and practitioners. The value of the Scholarship will not exceed $30,000 per year for a maximum of three years (for a full time student) with a six-month extension for Doctorate of Philosophy candidates. The Scholarship will run for two years for a Masters degree (full time). The annual lump sum of up to $5,000 PA will be provided to cover costs such as research-related expenses, conferences, overseas study and minor expenses as detailed in the scholar’s application.
Nationality: International students are eligible to apply.
Number of Scholarships: The scholarship may be awarded to more than one student in any year, subject to the recommendation of the selection committee, and subject to funds being available.

Scholarship can be taken in Australia

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Australian and international students are eligible to apply.

Entrance Requirements:

  • The scholarship is available to an outstanding relations, corporate communication, or marketing communication scholar or practitioner who is capable of making a significant contribution to the development of the practice of the public relations profession. It is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or eligible prospective international students. Australian applicants will be favoured. International students will be required to study on a fulltime basis.
  • Commencing higher research students – namely, Doctoral or Masters by Research candidates – studying in the field of relations and/or communication are eligible to apply. Applicants would normally be expected to hold a first class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Students may study fulltime, parttime or by distance mode.

English Language Requirements: Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting satisfactory scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application Procedure:

Please send all applications via email.

How to Apply: 

Applicants will be required to provide a curriculum vitae and two page written statement outlining:

  • The research to be undertaken as part of their higher degree.
  • A statement from the university where the scholar will study, confirming that the applicant is eligible for a postgraduate research at that university, and detailing the course of study and the research program.
  • How the research will make a significant contribution to the development of the practice of the relations profession.
  • Career goals and future plans
  • How the scholarship will help achieve their ambitions.
  • Other contributing evidence of the worthiness of the applicant may be drawn from referee reports, publications, professional experience, research field, communication skills, leadership potential and to interact with related disciplines in developing and implementing the research.

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