Susanne A. Roschwalb Grant for International Study and Research

Youngeun Park

Young Eun Park, Indiana University, won the Roschwalb award in 2015 for her project titled “Construal Theory, Corporate Social Responsibility, and The Luxury Brand.”

Students in public relations whose plans include study or research outside the United States are encouraged to apply for the Susanne A. Roschwalb Grant for International Study and Research, awarded annually by the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The $250 grant is intended to offset a portion of the cost of travel associated with international study or research. The deadline for receipt of applications generally occurs in May or June for international study or research during the following academic year.

Apply for the 2016-2017 Roschwalb Grant

Award Criteria

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in or emphasizing public relations at four-year colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to apply.

Applicants must provide a one-page description of their intended international program of study or research, a letter of support from a full-time public relations faculty member, and a completed application form.

Award History

The award was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Susanne A. Roschwalb, an Associate Professor at American University, public relations practitioner, and active member of the AEJMC Public Relations Division until her death in 1996 at age 56 from complications related to breast cancer. Previous winners include:

  • 2011 – Vanessa Bravo
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 –
  • 2008 – Patrick O’Rourke, Ph.D. student, University of Alabama, for his examination of how and to what extent concepts of excellence in leadership in public relations are incorporated into textbooks and classroom teaching in the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • 2007 – Ai Zhang, Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, for her investigation of the differences in ethical decision making models between China and the United States, and their impact on public relations practice.
  • 2006 – Elina Erzikova, Ph.D. Student, University of Alabama, for her multi-method research on excellent public relations in smaller Russian cities.
  • 2005 – Lan Ni, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, for research on globalization strategies of multinational corporations in China and their impact on local employees
  • 2004 – Jiyang Bae, master’s student, University of Florida, for investigation of reputation subdimension in Korean companies
  • 2003 – Katerina Tsetsura, doctoral student, Purdue University, for research on women practicing public relations in Russia.
  • 2002 – Jae-Hwa Shin, doctoral student, University of Missouri, for research on multicultural source-reporter relationships
  • 2001 – Samsup Jo, doctoral student, University of Florida
  • 2000 – Doga Taslardan, undergraduate student, Abilene Christian University, for research in Athens, Greece
  • 1999 – Martin Eichholz, doctoral student, Syracuse University, for research on public relations in multinational corporations
  • 1998 – Anastasia Egorova, master’s student, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, for research on public relations practice in Russia.
  • 1997 – Kerry Anderson Crooks, doctoral student, University of Florida, for research on British public relations and public policy issues

Susanne A. Roschwalb Committee

Chair: Brian Smith, Ph.D.
Purdue University

Vice chair: Eyun-Jung Ki
University of Alabama

Committee Members:
Ron Anderson
University of Texas at Austin

Peta Long
Syracuse University

Stephanie Madden
University of Maryland

Juan Meng
University of Georgia

Ashli Stokes
UNC Charlotte

Susanne A. Roschwalb Grant Donation Information

We need your financial help in continuing this worthwhile award as the award fund has been substantially depleted in recent years. Tax-deductible contributions in any amount may be given via the following link: This is a general AEJMC form that is used for fundraising efforts. When completing the form, please designate the category that you wish to give by selecting “Other” in the “Contribution Choice” pull down menu. Then, write in “PRD Roschwalb Award.” You must write in the choice for the donation to support the Roschwalb Award.

Tax-deductible contributions in any amount may also be sent to:

Attn: Kathy Bailey
234 Outlet Point Blvd.
Suite A
Columbia, SC 29210-5667

Please make the check payable to AEJMC and note on the memo line of your check that it is for the Roschwalb Grant. Thank you!

Questions? E-mail the Roschwalb Committee listed above.

Thank you for your support!