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 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 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 to 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. 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 (MPS and esp. 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: EWC Again Ranked Among Top Government-Affiliated Think Tanks Worldwide
    • 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.
    • 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 for Under-graduate Degree Studies 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.
    • Must apply for 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:
    • Must be admitted for Graduate Degree Studies within Cornell University’s Dept. of Global Development of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
    • 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).


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 by 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 Departmental UH application submission, 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 February 28 each year, through this link/URL: RANA Application.
  2. Stanford University:
    • 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 to Stanford University is received 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 working 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 the 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.
    • Associate Prof. Dr. Eric WIBISONO (Secretary, ISC),
      is Dean, Faculty of Engineering at Indonesia’s University of Surabaya (UBAYA). 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.
    • Prof. Dr. Norbert GRÜNWALD (Member),
      is 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.
    • 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 the Indonesian Rectors Forum vice-chair.
    • 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 was also appointed, in 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 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 Board of Governance Chair, Asia-Pacific Development Foundation, and former Chair of the Executive Board of the East-West Center Association (EWCA). Previously, she was 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, Education Program at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is an expert in international education and has held many important educational positions, especially 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 extractivism, waste, and achieving circularity in food systems. She was previously on the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health faculty. She 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, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and advisor to the Indonesia – Australia Business Council. He was previously President Director of Rio Tinto, Indonesia and PT Newmont Pacific Nusantara, ex-CEO of Salim OleoChemicals in the USA, and 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 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 a 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
Noke Kiroyan (noke.kiroyan@kiroyan-partners.com) and/or
Verlyana “Veve” Hitipeuw (veve.hitipeuw@kiroyan-partners.com)


Download the updated RANA Awards Prospectus here.


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