The R-Adhikarya “Niche” Award is a token of appreciation and recognition for smart, innovative, and competitive young students who wish to further pursue their dreams to learn, explore and apply disruptive ideas, and “niche” innovative thinking, in their studies and future careers.

The Award will help encourage, motivate, and increase the confidence of promising students to explore unique, unusual, and not “more-of-the-same” competencies and future careers. It is to reward those who dare to think differently, and are interested in studying and solving important contemporary problems and/or futuristic societal needs/wants not currently being considered or significantly addressed by others. It supports young visionaries to develop a “Growth Mindset” and tenacity.


The Awards

The competitive Award will be offered annually to students at three (3) world-class US educational institutions, the East-West Center (EWC), Stanford University, and Cornell University. Students from Indonesia (or those with a strong affinity to Indonesia), will be given first preference, but other ASEAN students may be considered if no Indonesian student qualifies.

  1. The East-West Center (EWC), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    One (1) Award (initially) will be offered annually starting 2020, either as:

    • Award-1a + EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship (total value: US$103,000). The Award will provide US$10,000 in cash, and EWC will provide housing, books, insurance, & stipends (valued at US$26,000 total for two years), plus Tuition Fees at the University of Hawaii (UH) for 2 years (valued at US$67,000); OR
    • Award-1b + EWC Foundation Scholarship (total value: US$56,000). The Award and EWC will provide US$ 10,000 each in cash, plus a reduction in Tuition Fees at the University of Hawaii (UH) for 2 years (valued at US$36,000),
    • In addition, an opportunity for a short-term INTERNSHIP at the Office of the Minority Leader, House of Representatives, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, can be arranged based on mutual agreement.
  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
    One (1) Award (initially) will be offered annually starting in mid-2020. The Award will provide US$12,500 in cash (through Stanford’s Under-Graduate Financial Aid Program).
  3. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA (in the planning process, TBD in late 2021 or early 2022)
    One (1) Award (initially for US$10,000) will be offered annually.


Awards Donor

Dr. Ronny Adhikarya, and his wife, Mee-Ching, decided to set up funding for these Annual Awards from their estate. Ronny Adhikarya, born in Bogor, Indonesia, was a student activist and a journalist in Indonesia until he went to the US for his studies: Cornell for his Masters (1971-72) and Stanford for his Ph.D. (1977-80). He was fortunate to obtain full-fellowships (including stipends for living costs) from the two universities. He worked as a research staff at the East-West Center (EWC) starting in 1972, where he met Pioneers and International luminaries in his field of expertise (education & communication) who mentored and provided him with invaluable “tacit” knowledge and intellectual capital to continue his international development assistance career, mainly with the United Nations/FAO and the World Bank, and other institutions for more than 45 years. It’s now “Pay-Back”/Give-Back time!



The following are the eligibility and requirements for applying and competing for the Awards at each of the Educational Institutions:

  1. The East-West Center (EWC): Read: East-West Center Ranks among World’s Best Think Tanks
    • Must be admitted to a graduate degree program at the University of Hawaii (UH), and be selected for the EWC’s Graduate Degree Fellowship or EWC’s Foundation Scholarship.
    • Indonesian Students (or those with a strong affinity to Indonesia) are given preference, but other ASEAN students and residents of Hawaii may be considered if no Indonesian student qualifies.
    • Participate in the RANA Award Competition whose Winner will be selected by an International Selection Committee (Independent from the Award Donor).
  2. Stanford University:
    • Must be admitted for Under-Graduate Degree Studies at Stanford University.
    • Indonesian Students (or those with a strong affinity to Indonesia) are given First Preference, but other ASEAN students may be considered if no Indonesian student qualifies.
    • Must apply for the Stanford University’s Under-Graduate Financial Aid program, and the Award Winner will be selected by Stanford University (Independent from the Award Donor).
  3. Cornell University (in progress – TBD in late 2021 or early 2022).


Application Procedures

  1. The East-West Center (EWC):
    • Complete both applications for: (a) the EWC’s Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF), and (b) University of Hawaii’s graduate school, no later than Dec. 1, each year, at these links: East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Graduate Division.
    • Students must submit applications to EWC and to the UH Graduate Division. Confirmation of submission of Departmental UH application, TOEFL scores, transcripts, and reference letters must arrive at the EWC by January 10, each year. See GDF Handbook on the “How to Apply”.
    • After completing the two applications mentioned in section V(1)(i), then also complete the application for the R-Adhikarya “Niche” Award (which will be reviewed by an International Selection Committee), no later than Feb. 28, each year, through this link: RANA Application (available from January 20, 2020).
  2. Stanford University (available starting mid-2020):
    • Complete applications for (a) Stanford University’s Under-Graduate Studies and (b) the Under-Graduate Financial Aid, see Stanford University’s website, and complete the CSS Profile (with code No. 4704) here.
    • Contact Kiroyan Partners (e-mail: noke.kiroyan@kiroyan-partners.com), as soon as admission at Stanford University is received for further instructions.
  3. Cornel University (in progress – TBD in late 2021 or early 2022).

Download the complete updated RANA Awards Prospectus here.


International Selection Committee (ISC)

For the R-Adhikarya “NICHE” Award at the East-West Center, an International Selection Committee (ISC) will review, evaluate and select the Award Recipient, based on the nomination of qualified candidates by the East-West Center. In implementing its work, the Committee must be Independent from the Award Donor. RANA Award Recipients at Stanford University and Cornell University will be selected by the institutions themselves.

The ISC will consist of Selection Committee Members and Advisory Members who will serve on a voluntary basis for a 3-year term. All ISC Members are prominent professionals with international working experience, including in the ASEAN countries:        

Committee Member (with Voting Rights), for the period of 2020-2023:

  1. Ms. Nina MAPILI (Chair, ISC), has worked internationally for over 20 years to promote entrepreneurial excellence, thinking, and action in businesses and individuals. She is the former CEO and MD of Mapili GmbH in Germany, and founder of the Journey to Excellence (J2Ex) program for organizational and personal excellence. Originally an architect trained in the US and Germany, she also once managed Germany’s first international master’s program. She is now based in Switzerland.
  2. Associate Prof. Dr. Eric WIBISONO (Secretary, ISC), is Dean, Faculty of Engineering at University of Surabaya (UBAYA) in Indonesia. He did his Master’s and Ph.D. studies in Australia and Thailand and had served as Secretary-General of the World Bank’s Knowledge Utilization through Learning Technology (KULT) Program Consortium.
  3. Prof. Dr. Norbert GRÜNWALD (Member), is ex-Rector/President of Wismar University of Technology, Business and Design in Germany. He is also former Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Robert- Schmidt-Institute at the Faculty of Engineering at Wismar University, Germany.
  4. Prof. Dr. Ir. Asep SAEFUDIN (Member), is Rector/President of the University of Al Azhar Indonesia (UAI) in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was previously Rector/President of Trilogi University in Jakarta. He is also a professor at the IPB University in Bogor and had served as Vice-Chair of the Indonesian Rectors Forum.
  5. Prof. Dr. Arvind SINGHAL (Member), is the Marston Endowed Professor, at the University of Texas, El Paso, and also William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow, Clinton School of Public Service, at Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA.

Advisory Member (with Non-Voting Rights), for the period of 2020-2023:

  1. Dr. Irid Farida AGOES (ex-Officio Member), is Board of Governance Chair, Asia-Pacific Development Foundation, and former Chair of the Executive Board of the East-West Center Association (EWCA). She was previously an ex-Director of both the AFS (American Field Services) and the International Institute of Education (IIE) in Indonesia. She is now an Intercultural Specialist at the University of Indonesia’s Graduate School of Strategic and Global Studies, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  2. Ms. Ann HARTMAN (ex-Officio Member), is Dean, Education Program at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is an expert in international education and has held many important educational positions working esp. with students, young leaders, and women entrepreneurs, in Asia and the USA. She also served for the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Bulgaria.
  3. Mr. Noke KIROYAN (ex-Officio Member), is the Founder of Kiroyan Partners in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and also Advisor to the Indonesia-Australia Business Council. He was previously President Director of Rio Tinto, Indonesia, and PT Newmont Pacific Nusantara, as well as ex-CEO of Salim OleoChemicals in the USA, and was a Representative for the Salim Group in Germany & Australia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of USINDO (US-Indonesia Society).
  4. The Honorable Dr. Gene WARD (ex-Officio Member), is the Minority Leader (Emeritus) at the House of Representatives, State of Hawaii (Legislature), USA, where he had served for more than 20 years. Dr. Ward was a Research Associate at the East-West Center’s Technology & Development institute in the 1970s. He is a Director of the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (HICHAM) and was Co-Founder of the Hawaii Entrepreneurship Training & Development Institute. A Vietnam Veteran, Dr. Ward also served as Peace Corps Country Director in East Timor and worked for the United Nations/ILO in Malawi. Dr. Ward is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center.

For the R-Adhikarya “NICHE” Award at Stanford University, its Office of Under-Graduate Financial Aid will make the assessment and select the Award Recipient.


Implementing Agency: KIROYAN Partners

Kiroyan Partners, a leading Public Affairs consulting firm, has agreed to partner in this endeavor by providing free Public Service support to coordinate and implement the communication, publicity, and marketing activities of the Award, as well as coordinating and maintaining the internal communication platform for the ISC members.

For all inquiries on this Award, please contact the following:

Kiroyan Partners
Noke Kiroyan (noke.kiroyan@kiroyan-partners.com) and/or
Verlyana “Veve” Hitipeuw (veve.hitipeuw@kiroyan-partners.com)


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