PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor scholars

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 (

Past recipient - 2019/2020 round

Kelly Samof
Kelly Samof 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 Laveil Maholopa Laveil
Maholopa (Maho) Laveil is currently undertaking his Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is 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 Neelesh Gounder
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
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 Nao
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 Singirok
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 Wangi
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.

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