CfA: The Minoru Hokari Scholarship for fieldwork

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Wednesday 18 August 2021

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Funding available for fieldwork in Australian Indigenous History.

The Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship has been established in honour of the pathbreaking scholar and inspiring colleague, Minoru Hokari (1971-2004) who made outstanding contributions towards ‘cross-culturalising' historical practice and towards developing a respectful collaborative research strategy with Indigenous Australians.

The scholarship, planned for award annually when funds are sufficient ($5,000) is intended to assist a postgraduate student to conduct research in Australian Indigenous history.


Applications for 2021 will open on 16 August and will close at midnight on 30 September 2021. All other application criteria is available here


You must be a currently enrolled tertiary student, studying at any Australian university as a postdoctoral student or have completed your degree in the past three years.

Criteria for Selection

The Committee will take into account the:

  • the merit of the proposed project;
  • the applicant's ability to conduct appropriate research on Indigenous Australian history; and
  • the applicant's more general scholarly potential.

How to Apply

The following documentation is required.

  • A letter addressing the criteria for selection and must include in the following order:
  • Research overview
  • Budget; clearly state what the funds from this scholarship are being requested for and the amount; indicate any other sources of funding
  • Indication that supervisory support is available and that you meet eligibility criteria as outlined above.
  • Current curriculum vitae.

Further Information

Applications and enquiries should be sent to

About Minoru Hokari

A graduate of Hitotsubashi University (MEc 1996) and The Australian National University (PhD 2001), Minoru conducted fieldwork amongst Gurindji elders, who he acknowledged as exceptional historians in their own right. His untimely death in 2004 curtailed a very promising career.

His colleagues and friends in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University decided to establish a scholarship to him as a memorial.

2019 Minoru Hokari Scholarship Winner

Elizabeth Muldoon is awarded the 2019 Minoru Hokari Scholarship from La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Elizabeth is in her second year of her PhD candidature and her research seeks to explore the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the Black Movement in Redfern, Sydney between 1968 and 1973, with a focus on their role in founding the first Aboriginal community-controlled services. Ms Muldoon's methodology draws upon Indigenous, decolonizing and critical research methodologies that emphasise the importance of Aboriginal community control over the research from start to finish.

Elizabeth's research aims to fill a major gap in historical literature on Aboriginal political struggle. Such literature has to date been heavily biased towards male activists, leading to misconceptions about gender relations within Aboriginal politics and Aboriginal communities more broadly. She hopes to elevate the status of Aboriginal women's knowledge and political contributions and highlight the historical significance of the Redfern Black Movement.

Ms Muldoon will utilise the scholarship funds to continue visiting co-researchers in Sydney, Townsville and Cairns; cover travel expenses to conduct research interviews and pay not-for-profit community organisations when using their meeting rooms.

2018 Minoru Hokari Scholarship Winner

Sarah Yu is awarded the 2018 Minoru Hokari Scholarship for her project Window to the Soul.

Sarah is working with renowned Mayala pearl shell artist Aubrey Tigan to tell how the Mayala people rode their galwa rafts among the islands of the Buccaneer Archepelago, through the treacherous waters of the King Sound to collect pearl shell for trade and art. The project seeks connections between the country, the sea, the collected pearl shell and the people who imbued them with spiritual, practical, economic and scientific meaning.

Window to the Soul will tell a story of the pearling industry through the gaze of Yawuru, Mayala, Bardi, Jawi and Karajarri people. Sarah draws on Hokari’s insights, experiences and approach to history to write stories that show how some saltwater people think about and ‘pay attention’ to the world through the story of pearling.

The scholarship will fund Sarah’s return to the north west coast communities where she will seek further insights, approvals and critiques to write, with the local historians, a look at the world through Aboriginal eyes.

Sarah recently curated the award-winning Lustre: Pearling & Australia exhibition in partnership with the Yawuru community and the Western Australian Museum. She is Doctoral candidate at the Heidelberg University in Germany. Her project is a part of The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances.

View previous recipients here.  

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