Supplementary Prizes for AAS

Australia Awards prizes (‘the Prize’) honour two individuals who have made a significant contribution to Asia-Pacific cooperation and development in particular between Australia and Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. These guidelines pertain to the administration of the Alison Sudradjat Prize and the Hadi Soesastro Prize for Indonesian awardees under the Australia Awards in Indonesia program. For guidance on the administration of the Allison Sudradjat Prize in Papua New Guinea, please refer to the Australia Awards in PNG website.

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Allison Sudradjat Prize

In memory of Allison Sudradjat, the Minister Counsellor for the Australian Agency for International Development who died tragically on 7 March 2007 as a result of a plane crash in Yogyakarta. Each year, six Australian Awards Scholarship awardees who are outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders also receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize. Four prizes are awarded in Indonesia. Individuals do not apply for the Prize, but are allocated the prize by the Joint Selection Team.

Allison Sudradjat (1966-2007) was the Minister Counsellor in Indonesia for the Australian Agency for International Development (now Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – DFAT) who died tragically on 7 March 2007 as a result of a plane crash in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Deeply passionate about education as one of the pillars of development, during her 18 years with DFAT she poured her significant energy into education activities including managing the scholarships program in her first posting to Indonesia from 1992 to 1995 and overseeing the first intake of Australian Leadership Awards scholars from Indonesia in 2006.

Allison Sudradjat dedicated her life to humanitarian work and she led Australia’s humanitarian response to some of the region’s worst disasters in recent years, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. An extraordinary impact was felt by Allison’s colleagues, both in Canberra and at the two Australian missions in Indonesia and PNG where she spent 10 years working. She was an inspirational leader and people looked to her with great respect, admiration and fondness.

Hadi Soesastro Prize

The Hadi Soesastro Prize honours one of Indonesia’s most eminent thinkers, the late Professor Hadi Soesastro, who was a great friend of Australia. Professor Soesastro was an economist, academic and public intellectual with close personal, intellectual and policy connections to Australia, who made major contributions to Asia-Pacific cooperation and development in Indonesia.

The Prize, up to $25,000 per winner, is intended to supplement the academic programs of current recipients of Australia Awards from Indonesia (including Endeavour Scholarships) undertaking PhD studies in the areas of Political Economy, International Economic Relations, or an area of study that is a priority for Australia-Indonesia development cooperation. Two Hadi Soesastro Prizes will be awarded annually.

Professor Hadi Soesastro (1945– 2010) was one of Indonesia’s foremost economists and he was well regarded both nationally and internationally and his ‘trail of thoughts can be found in all processes and ideas on architecture of regional cooperation such as ASEAN and APEC, and many other multilateral forums’.

A tremendous loss was felt with his passing, not only in Indonesia, but also amongst international academics and policy makers. “Professor Soesastro fostered warm relations between Australians and Indonesians,” was a co-founder of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University. He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Australian National University in July 2009.


The Allison Sudradjat/Hadi Soesastro Prize Guidelines are available here.