The R-Adhikarya “Niche” Award is a token of appreciation and recognition for smart, innovative, and competitive young people who wish to pursue their dreams further and 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 and unusual – as opposed to “more-of-the-same” competencies and solutions in their future careers. It is to reward those who dare to think differently and are interested in studying and solving important contemporary problems and/or future societal needs/wants not currently being considered or significantly addressed by others. It supports young visionaries to develop a “Growth Mindset“.


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 for Indonesia) will be given first preference, but other students from any country worldwide, esp. from ASEAN and the State of Hawaii, USA, may be considered.

  1. The East-West Center (EWC), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    One (1) Award (initially) is offered annually for graduate study, 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),
    • An opportunity for a short-term INTERNSHIP at the Office of the Minority Leader Emeritus, State of Hawaii’s Legislature, Honolulu, can be arranged based on mutual agreement.
  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
    One (1) Award (initially) will be offered annually for undergraduate study. The award will provide a minimum of US$12,500 in cash, with possible other Stanford Financial Awards through Stanford’s Under-graduate Financial Aid Program.
  3. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
    One (1) Award annually for graduate study of US$10,000 minimum, plus possible additional Financial Aid Awards from Cornell’s Dept. of Global Development for Graduate Students (MPS and Ph.D. students).


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 master’s (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 Hawai’i (UH) and be selected for the EWC’s Graduate Degree Fellowship or EWC’s Foundation Scholarship.
    • Students from Indonesia or any other students whose proposed study/research has significant relevance to Indonesia may apply. Those from ASEAN and Legal Residents of Hawaii will be given preference.
    • 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 and enrolled as an Undergraduate Student at Stanford University.
    • Indonesian Students (or those with a strong affinity to Indonesia) are given preference, but other students from any country, esp. from ASEAN, may also be considered.
    • Eligible students will be automatically considered for the scholarship as part of their overall financial aid package. The scholarship recipient will be selected by Stanford University’s Financial Aid Office, independent from the scholarship donor.
  3. Cornell University:
    • Must be admitted and matriculated for Graduate Degree Studies within Cornell University’s Dept. of Global Development of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at the time of application.
    • Indonesian Students (or those with a strong affinity to Indonesia) are given preference, but other students from any country, esp. from ASEAN, may also be considered.
    • Must apply for Cornell University’s RANA Prize, and the Award Winner will be selected by Cornell University’s Dept. of Global Development (Independent from the Award Donor).
    • Note: Global Development will seek to award admitted MPS students during odd years (i.e., 2025, 2027, etc.) and a Ph.D. student during even years (i.e., 2026, 2028, etc.).


Application Procedures

  1. The East-West Center (EWC):
    • Complete both applications for (a) the EWC’s Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF) and (b) the University of Hawaii’s graduate school no later than December 1 each year at these links/URLs: East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Graduate Division.
    • Students must submit applications to EWC and the UH Graduate Division. Confirmation of submission of the Departmental UH application, TOEFL scores, transcripts, and reference letters must arrive at the EWC by January 10 each year. See the GDF Handbook on the “How to Apply”.
    • After completing the two applications mentioned in section V(1)(i), then complete the application for the R-Adhikarya “Niche” Award (which will be reviewed by an International Selection Committee) no later than February 28 each year through this link: RANA Application.
  2. Stanford University:
    • Apply to Stanford University, gain admission, and enroll as an undergraduate student.
      Eligible students will be automatically considered for the scholarship as part of their overall financial aid package. See Stanford University’s website or contact Stanford University’s Financial Aid Office with any questions.
    • Contact Kiroyan Partners if the Stanford Financial Aid Office notifies you that you have received the scholarship for further instructions.
  3. Cornel University:


Selection Process

  1. Stanford University
    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.
  2. Cornell University
    For the R-Adhikarya “NICHE” Award at Cornell University, its Department of Global Development will make the assessment and select the Award Recipient.
  3. The East-West Center
    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 ISC is Independent of the Award Donor.

The ISC consists of Members and Advisory Members who serve on a voluntary basis for a 3-year term. All ISC members are prominent professionals with international work experience, including in the ASEAN countries.

  1. Selection Committee Members (with Voting Rights) for the period of 2020-2023:
    • Ms. 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 & Cambodia.
    • Associate Prof. Dr. Eric WIBISONO (Secretary, ISC),
      is Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Surabaya (UBAYA) in Indonesia. He did his master’s and Ph.D. studies in Australia and Thailand and served as Secretary General of the World Bank’s Knowledge Utilization through Learning Technology (KULT) Program Consortium.
    • Prof. Dr. Norbert GRÜNWALD (Member),
      is the ex-rector/President of the Wismar University of Technology, Business, and Design in Germany. He is also the former Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Robert-Schmidt Institute at the Faculty of Engineering at Wismar University, Germany. He is now Vice President of a University in Douala, Cameroon.
    • Prof. Dr. Ir. Asep SAEFUDDIN (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 has served as Vice Chair of the Indonesian Rectors Forum.
    • Prof. Dr. Arvind SINGHAL (Member),
      is the Marston Endowed Professor and the Director of the Social Justice Initiative at The University of Texas at El Paso, USA. He has also been appointed, since 2010, as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas, and since 2015, Distinguished Professor 2, Faculty of Business Administration, Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway. He is the co-author or editor of 14 books, and his major contributions include Positive Deviance (PD), Education-Entertainment (EduTainment), and Liberating Structures approaches.
  2. Advisory Members (without Voting Rights) for the period of 2020-2023:
    • Dr. Irid Fariga AGOES,
      is the Board of Governance Chair of the 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.
    • Ms. Ann HARTMAN (ex-Officio Member),
      is Dean of 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.
    • Prof. Dr. Lori LEONARD (ex-Officio Member),
      is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Development at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. Her recent scholarship centers on environmental themes, including extractive, waste, and achieving circularity in food systems. She was previously on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has held fellowships at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. She served in the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad.
    • 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 an 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).
    • The Honorable Dr. Gene WARD,
      is the Minority Leader (Emeritus) at the House of Representatives, State of Hawaii (Legislature), USA, where he has 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.


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, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the following:

Kiroyan Partners
Verlyana “Veve” Hitipeuw (veve.hitipeuw@kiroyan-partners.com) and/or
Made Intan Iswari Satria (intan.iswari@kiroyan-partners.com)


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