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The Greg Taylor scholarship entitles the successful applicant to undertake research at the ANU Crawford School as part of the Development Policy Centre for a period up to 3 months on a topic relating to the economic development of PNG and the Pacific. The fellowship covers travel, living costs and a modest honorarium. Applications are accepted from students already studying at the ANU or elsewhere in Australia, and from new and emerging scholars in the area of economics in the Pacific and PNG.
The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor, and are named in the honour of Greg Taylor AO, whose former positions include: Executive Director of the IMF for both Australia and PNG, Secretary of various Australian Government Departments, advisor to the PNG Treasury Secretary, Chairman of the PNG Superannuation Task Force, and Director of PNG’s largest superannuation fund. Read more about Greg Taylor’s work in these two interviews with Stephen Howes.
Application rounds are held periodically, and are announced on this website and through the Devpolicy newsletter.
General inquiries about the scholarship should be directed to Ashlee Betteridge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bobby Kunda is currently undertaking Masters in International and Development Economics (MIDEC) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU). Bobby completed his Bachelor of Economics in 2018 from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and awarded a scholarship under the ongoing ANU-UPNG partnership to study at the ANU. Prior to joining MIDEC, he worked for a year as a tutor in the Economics department at UPNG where he taught Foundation Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Advanced Macroeconomics under guidance of various ANU-UPNG academics.
Bobby’s research interests are in Development Economics. Under supervision of Dr Manoj Pandey, his current research is on Malaria in Papua New Guinea. Based on Demographic and Health Survey 2016-18, this study aims to assess the prevalence of Malaria and its association with socio-economic characteristics.
Rubayat Chowdhury is currently undertaking his PhD in Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU). He is a recipient of Australia Awards Leadership Program (2013) and ODI Fellowship Scheme (2017). Rubayat was awarded the Helen Hughes prize by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific for being the top student in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 in his graduate diploma and master’s, respectively. He has previously worked at the central bank of Papua New Guinea as Economist (ODI Fellow) and the central bank of Bangladesh as Joint Director (Research).
Rubayat’s research is focused on open economy macroeconomics, monetary policy, and foreign exchange market in Asia and the Pacific.
Rubayat is working on PNG economic time series project to document the economic history of PNG.
Ephraim Feto is currently undertaking his Masters in Environment and Resources Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Prior to pursuing his studies at ANU, he worked as a Senior Economist with the PNG Department of Treasury in the areas of macroeconomic policy.
He has a keen interest in PNG’s resource sector and is passionate about making a positive contribution in the area of policy as far as resource management is concerned.
Ephraim is working on research with Devpol colleagues to document the economic history of PNG.
Past recipient - 2019/2020 round
Jollanda Mathew is currently undertaking her Masters in International and Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia National University (ANU). With the ongoing partnership program between ANU and University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Masters degree at ANU. Jollanda completed her Bachelor of Economics at UPNG and worked for a year as a tutor in the Economics department at UPNG.
She is passionate to do research that focuses on Agricultural Economics and Development Economics, mainly on the development progress of Papua New Guinea.
Kelly Samof recently completed a Master of International and Development Economics at the Australian National University (ANU). Under the current ANU-UPNG partnership program Kelly was awarded a scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree at the ANU. Before this, he completed a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and worked for a year as a tutor in the economics department at UPNG.
His current research interests are in development economics and international trade, with a focus on the natural resources sector and its impacts on developmental outcomes.
Past recipient - 2017/2018 round
Maholopa (Maho) Laveil holds Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He was the first recipient of the ANU scholarship, which funds a Masters scholarship at ANU for academics in economics at the University of Papua New Guinea.
Maho’s research focuses on trade policy in Papua New Guinea and the application of trade protections.
He previously worked as a tutor in economics at the University of Papua New Guinea and as a research cadet at the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea.
Past recipient - 2016/2017 round
Neelesh Gounder is currently Senior Lecturer in economics and Deputy Head of School (Research and International) at the University of the South Pacific, Suva. He has PhD in economics from Griffith University.
Neelesh’s research areas include tourism, trade and growth in Pacific Island countries, poverty and economic performance of Pacific Island countries and banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island countries.
Neelesh is a recipient of Australian Leadership Awards (2009) and Australian Prime Ministers Pacific Australia Award (2012).
Past recipient - 2015/2016 round
Serena Sumanop has just completed her final semester of her Masters of Business from the Queensland University of Technology. She is a lawyer by profession and practiced with Gadens Lawyers before resigning to work full time for The Voice Inc., a dynamic youth development organization that runs leadership programs with young people in educational institutions in the country.
She also sits on the Management Committee for Femili PNG a new Non-Government Organization that runs a Case Management Centre in Lae to assist survivors of family and sexual violence to access the services they need. Serena reviewed the current legislation in PNG that relates to family and sexual violence and assist with research on the current case management model.
Past recipients - 2014/2015 round
Logea is currently undertaking her Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. She formerly worked as a researcher at the National Research Institute in PNG.
Logea’s research is focused on the important problem of domestic, family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea. Logea will use the recent PNG Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) to understand its prevalence in PNG and identify how the problem relates to family and community characteristics, and how victims of violence respond to the problem.
Futua is currently undertaking his Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He previously worked as an analyst at Bank South Pacific in PNG.
Futua is also analysing the HIES to understand the characteristics of internal migrant households in PNG, such as their prevalence, ethnicity, relative education and income, and contribution to meeting costs of living of extended family members through remittances.
Past recipient - 2013 round
Thomas is a lecturer in the economics division at The University of Papua New Guinea. He was the 2013 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship, in which he researched public- sector pay in PNG, producing this discussion paper and blog. He holds a Master of Economics from James Cook University.