The Institute for Public Relations announced today that entries for the Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship – which includes a $5,000 stipend and a six-week work opportunity with housing provided in Ann Arbor, MI – are being accepted through February 1st.

The fellowship honors two outstanding academics — James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig, professors emeriti at the University of Maryland. The fellowship is sponsored by PRIME Research, a leading global provider of public relations research and consultation.

Graduate students in public relations/communication who are studying in the United States are encouraged to apply online at Applicants should have completed at least one year of study toward a graduate degree and at least one research methodology course. At the end of the six-week experience in Ann Arbor, the Fellow will contribute a paper to the body of knowledge in applied public relations research, which may be published by the Institute.

More detailed information regarding the fellowship, including application requirements, can be found at

"The quality and quantity of candidates that apply for this award speaks to the desire among public relations graduate students for practice-oriented experience," said Mark Weiner, CEO for PRIME Research in North America. Owen Kulemeka, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, won the first Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship.

PRIME Research, founded in 1985 in Mainz, Germany, combines academic rigor with practical relevance to provide a broad array of research and consulting services to many of the world’s greatest organizations. The firm employs approximately 500 analysts and 100 consultants in eight locations around the world with U.S. operations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To learn more, visit

The Grunigs together have written or edited 10 books. Each has written more than 200 articles, book chapters, monographs, reviews, and conference papers on public relations theory and research. They have lectured in 43 countries, won nearly every major award for public relations educators, and advised hundreds of masters and doctoral students. James Grunig is a Research Fellow at the Institute and Larissa Grunig is a past Trustee.

The Institute for Public Relations is a global, independent non-profit foundation headquartered at the University of Florida. It bridges the academic and professional communities supporting public relations research and mainstreaming this knowledge into practice.

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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