The purpose of the Ragan Research Award is to offer students an opportunity to conduct secondary research on an important topic in the PR industry. The winner will receive a $1,500 stipend to produce a small research brief (~ five pages) on a suggested topic. The winner’s research paper will be published on the IPR website, Ragan website, and PR Daily.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023
Completed Paper Submission Deadline: September 15, 2023



2022 Award Winner:

Jeonghyun “Janice” Lee,
University of Georgia

Download Report (PDF): Engaging Employees Through Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Narratives

The Institute for Public Relations and Ragan Communications awarded the 2022 Ragan Research Award to University of Georgia Ph.D. candidate Jeonghyun “Janice” Lee. Lee will receive a $1,500 stipend for publishing a research brief on creating engaging environmental, social, and governance (ESG) narratives on social media platforms.

Award Content

The solo-authored report must be completed and approved by IPR and Ragan by June 15, 2023. This year’s theme will focus on the future of work.  Some topics may include, but are not limited to:
— Hybrid/remote work
— Changing nature of culture in the workplace
— Artificial intelligence and other technologies
— Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

Applicant Requirements

— Strong written and spoken fluency in English
— Undergraduate (juniors/seniors) and graduate students in public relations, communications, or business who are studying in the United States
— Must have at least one methodology course in research methods (e.g., survey, content analysis, experimental design, etc.)

Required Application Materials

To apply, please complete the application form (linked here) and your resume/CV to Anetra Henry, senior director of strategic initiatives, at on or before the deadline of June 15, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed by Ragan and IPR. Finalists may be interviewed, and then final selection will be made by Ragan. The research brief, if approved, will be promoted and shared by both IPR and Ragan.