LOS ANGELES, Calif., — The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) today announced its partnership with the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) to launch the inaugural IPR-TLF Research Fellowship. The fellowship will offer an opportunity for candidates to understand and apply the practical side of research.

Created in alignment with the missions of TLF and IPR, the fellowship program seeks to promote diversity and increase the number of ethnic minorities employed within the field of public relations by bringing a public relations, communications, or business school graduate student into a team for a paid-work experience.

The student will work closely with the President and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations on a mutually agreed-upon research project.

“We are grateful to Kim and The LAGRANT Foundation for sponsoring this fellowship,” said Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR, IPR President & CEO. “We are excited to work with diverse students and recent graduates on this hands-on experience while contributing to industry-critical scholarship and research.

IPR and TLF will select two ethnically-diverse candidates for the 2021 fellowship program, where each fellow will produce a solo-authored research paper intended for practitioners. As part of the program, fellows will be recognized at the IPR 2021 awards dinner and invited to attend the 2021 IPR Research Symposium in New York City.

“Tina and I have been in conversation for more than a year about a program that will drive more racially diverse candidates into the research of the industry and I could not be happier to partner with IPR on this initiative,” said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

The LAGRANT Foundation will begin accepting applications for the program later this year, with IPR selecting two fellows for 2021. Click here for more information on the 2021 IPR-TLF Research Fellowship Program.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About the Institute for Public Relations
Founded in 1956, the Institute for Public Relations is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™. IPR creates, curates, and promotes research and initiatives that empower professionals with actionable insights and intelligence they can put to immediate use.  IPR predicts and analyzes global factors transforming the profession, and amplifies and engages the professional globally through thought leadership and programming. All research is available free at www.instituteforpr.org and provides the basis for IPR’s professional conferences and events.

About The LAGRANT Foundation
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $2.7 million and 643 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships, and internships/entry-level positions to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

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Nikki Kesaris
Communications & Marketing Manager
Institute for Public Relations
Nikki@instituteforpr.org

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