Any robust profession benefits from ongoing research and the public relations profession is no different. So it’s welcome news that UniSA’s Donald Dyer Scholarship is now seeking applications.
The scholarship is available to an outstanding PR, 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.
Commencing higher degree research students (Doctoral or Masters by Research candidates) studying in the field of public relations and/or communication are eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to hold a first-class honours degree (or equivalent). You’ll also require good communication skills and leadership potential, demonstrated via a personal written statement and CV.
Dr Leanne Glenny is Program Director, Postgraduate Communication and Public Relations at UniSA – and successfully completed a Donald Dyer Scholarship in 2010.
Dr Glenny said the scholarship provided valuable support in her detailed study into the ethics of Australian government communication, which was beneficial for the practice and education of PR professionals.
“As a Donald Dyer Scholar, I was able to pursue and reflect deeply on a passionate interest of mine without the distraction of full-time work,” Dr Glenny said.
“The space that gave me for contemplation was extremely valuable at that stage in my career and I remain very grateful to the Trustees for the opportunity.
“I built my knowledge and skills as a researcher and while I have pursued an academic career, those skills are just as relevant to future practice-based employment.
“Growing the body of knowledge is crucial to the public relations profession, and this happens in a number of ways. However this scholarship is the only one in Australia to specifically support research at the PhD level in public relations. Its ties with the PRIA and its focus on industry relevance makes it even more valuable.”
The value of the scholarship is $35‚000 per annum for a maximum of three years with provision for a six-month extension for Doctorate of Philosophy recipients. The scholarship is comprised of a $30,000 stipend plus an annual $5,000 lump sum payment to cover costs such as research related expenses, conferences, overseas study and minor expenses as detailed in the application. Payments are subject to satisfactory academic performance.
For more details about eligibility, including how to apply, see the UniSA website.