Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment

The Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment celebrates the pioneering and enduring contribution of Hank Nelson to the study of the history, politics and society of Papua New Guinea.

Hank arrived in PNG in 1966 to teach at the Administrative College, moving in 1968 to become a lecturer in history at the newly established University of Papua New Guinea. In 1973, he took up a research position in Pacific History at the Australian National University, where he remained for the rest of his life. Throughout his career, Hank worked through his teaching, writing, and commentary to promote a better understanding and knowledge of PNG and its peoples. While his interests were varied, his work on PNG remained the hallmark of his academic career. In 2008, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of more than four decades service as a teacher, mentor and scholar.

The Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment, established within the ANU, will promote Hank's lifelong passion for Papua New Guinea. Initially, it aims to support an annual award for the best Higher Degree Research (HDR) thesis submitted by any student, internationally, on any aspect of PNG's history, politics and society. The Endowment will be managed by a group of Pacific scholars.

Your support for the Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment will help promote better understanding and knowledge of Papua New Guinea - its past and its future.

The endowment now seeks to fund a $1,000 AUD prize, to be awarded every two years, for the best Doctor of Philosophy thesis submitted by any student, internationally, on any aspect of Papua New Guinea's history or society. This shall be known as the Hank Nelson Memorial Award.

To be eligible for the Award, the submission must:

1. Have been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy between 31 March 2016 and 31 March 2018;
2. Be focussed on Papua New Guinea; and
3. Be at least 60,000 words in length.

The first deadline for prize submissions is 31 March 2018.

For further enquiries about donations or submissions for the prize, please contact the College of Asia & the Pacific High Degree Research Office (cap.hdr@anu.edu.au).

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