Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship


Each year the School of History, in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences may offer the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship to assist a Higher Degree Research (HDR) student conduct fieldwork or related research in Australian Indigenous history.

Funding has been provided by various donors, led by Mr Hokari's sister Yuki Hokari, to commemorate the life and achievements of Minoru Hokari.

Minoru Hokari (1971-2004) made outstanding contributions towards 'cross-culturalising' historical practice and towards developing a respectful collaborative research strategy with Indigenous Australians. A graduate of Hitotsubashi University and the ANU, Minoru conducted fieldwork amongst Gurindji elders. His untimely death in 2004 curtailed a very promising career. His colleagues and friends in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History within the School of History decided to establish a scholarship to him as a memorial.

2021 Application Details

The conditions for applying in 2021 have been adjusted due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Following the continued advice from the Australian Government regarding Covid-19, the ANU recommends that you reconsider any business or study related travel at this point of time. For up to date information regarding travel please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice/our-covid-safe-community/travel-advice.

Applications are encouraged from international or domestic students who are enrolled in a HDR program at an Australian university or have successfully completed such a program in the past three years whose field of study is in relation to Australian Indigenous History. The fieldwork requisite is not a requirement for 2021 applications.

Field of study

Australian Indigenous History


The award is available each year to a continuing student or an early career academic who:

  • is a domestic or international student enrolled in an HDR program at any Australian university, or
  • has successfully completed such a program in the past three years.


The scholarship provides $5000 paid in one instalment at the beginning of second semester unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer to assist with expenses related to fieldwork or research.

How to apply

In order to apply for this scholarship, students are required to submit a letter addressing the selection criteria (see section 5 of the Conditions of Award) and providing the following information:

  • Research overview;
  • Budget; clearly state what the funds from this scholarship are being requested for and the amount; indicate other sources of funding;
  • Indication that supervisory support is available;
  • Current curriculum vitae

Applications for 2021 will open 16 August 2021 and will close at midnight 30 September 2021.

Applications should be emailed to admin.rsss@anu.edu.au