The Donald Dyer Scholarship

About this scholarship

The Donald Dyer Scholarship commemorates the outstanding contribution of Donald Dyer to the founding of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

The Scholarship is available to an outstanding public relations, 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 - namely 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).

Applicants will require good communication skills and leadership potential, demonstrated via a personal written statement and CV.

At all speaking engagements and publications arising from the scholarship, recipients will provide the following acknowledgement: “I/the author acknowledge/s with gratitude the award of the Donald Dyer Scholarship for supporting this research. The Scholarship commemorates the outstanding contribution of Donald Dyer to the founding of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and advancement of the practice of public relations.”


Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia or eligible prospective international students. International students will be required to study on a full-time basis.

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia are advised to refer to the link below to determine eligibility for a research degree scholarship:

International applicants are advised to refer to the admission selection and scholarship allocation guidelines for international students:


$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.

International recipients may also be eligible for the International Research Tuition Scholarship (IRTS) to cover the international tuition fee for three years, subject to the conditions of eligibility.

Further information on the IRTS is available at:


The Scholarship is normally tenable, subject to satisfactory progress, for:

  • Up to two years for a Masters Degree by Research; or
  • Up to three years for a Doctorate of Philosophy or Doctorate of Communication (with provision for a six-month extension); or
  • As deemed appropriate for a part-time student by the Selection Committee.

Continuation of the Scholarship will be subject to continued enrolment and satisfactory academic progress. Recipients will provide progress reports during their studies and a final report at the completion of their program.

How to apply and closing dates

Applications close 30 June 2017.

For further information on the Donald Dyer Scholarship, including details on how to apply, contact:


Tel: (08) 8302 5880 - Option 1 for Admissions

Areas of study and research

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