DEADLINE: Don Bartholomew Award Application

 March 09, 2018



Sponsored by Ketchum Global Research & Analytics

2018 Don Bartholomew Award Application 2018 Don Bartholomew Research Prospectus


Applications are due by March 9, 2018. Winner notification is March 31, 2018.


The Don Bartholomew Award is intended to provide a public relations/communications or business school graduate student with the opportunity to gain practical experience in public relations research at Ketchum and learn what “research that matters to the practice” means. The intern will also have the opportunity to have their resulting research paper published on the Institute for Public Relations’ website. The winner will be recognized at 2018 IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner November 28, 2018 in New York City. The winner will also be invited to attend the 2018 IPR Research Symposium, November 28, 2018 in New York City.


Ketchum Global Research & Analytics in cooperation with the Institute for Public Relations.

Award Content

  • The winner of the Don Bartholomew Award will receive a $7,500 stipend and a 10-week public relations research internship at the Ketchum offices in New York during the summer of 2018.
  • The successful candidate will work an average of a 40-hour week with Ketchum Global Research & Analytics on a wide array of clients and challenges - ranging from measurement-focused work to strategic positioning research - with exposure to all areas of the full service PR agency and its resources.
  • At the end of this experience, the Intern will produce a solo-authored research paper intended for practitioners – not an academic paper, though appropriately rigorous.
  • He/she may consider priority topic areas of IPR (see Research Prospectus download), though other topics will be acceptable providing that the paper is successful through one of the standard vetting processes for publication on the IPR website.
  • Development of one or more nontraditional components (infographics, video, etc.) to present the aforementioned research is encouraged.
  • The winner will also receive a $2,500 grant for the research paper, after it has been accepted for publication by IPR.
  • The paper must be completed and approved via the IPR vetting process by August 30, 2019.

Who May Apply

Graduate students majoring in public relations, communications, business, or research who have completed at least one year of study towards a Masters or Ph.D. degree and one research methodology course. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is critical for the successful candidate.

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Interest explaining why you feel you should be considered for the Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research.
  • Research Prospectus that outlines the type of research project you contemplate designing and carrying out, should you be awarded the grant.
  • An Endorsement/Sponsorship Statement from the professor who would serve as your faculty advisor in connection with the grant. This should be emailed directly to IPR at by the professor.
  • A resume of public relations-related work/research experience and/or other pertinent experience.
Address for Submissions: Email to IPR at

Selection Process

Will be done by a panel of distinguished public relations researchers, educators and practitioners. The top two candidates will be interviewed by Ketchum, preferably in person. Ketchum is seeking someone who exhibits exceptional intellect in the field of PR research and measurement, and who can also serve as a valued member of the staff in the NY office during the 10-week internship.

Past Winners