Graduate Scholars

Herb Feith Scholars in Conflict Resolution at Gadjah Mada University

The Herb Feith Scholarships at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta are offered for students undertaking the two-year Masters degree at the Graduate School of Peace & Conflict Resolution. When this program started in February 2000 it was the first of its kind in Indonesia (and in Southeast Asia). The Centre for Security and Peace Studies which provides a home base for the students had already been operating since 1996 with Herb himself actively involved. One scholarship is offered each year so that at any one time two or three Herb Feith Scholars are active in the program. Priority is give to candidates with a history of active involvement in community development in post-conflict situations.

The first three scholarship-holders, Memet Nahumarury from Maluku (2002), Sahlan Hanafiah from Aceh (2003) and Ade Suharso from Central Kalimantan (2004) were funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) with the Herb Feith Foundation in 2006 assuming responsibility for ongoing funding.

Name Home Province Year of Graduation Updates (January 2010)
Muhammad Abdul Nahumarury Maluku 2004 After graduation from UGM, Memeth worked for an NGO, CARDI (on peace building), then for UNDP (on government development planning) and has nowbeen working for 16 months on community development with Weda Bay Nickel (WBN), a mining company owned by ERAMET Group France, where his role includes liaison on community development with stakeholders, especially with local communities in 16 villages near the WBN area.
Muhammad Sahlan Nangroe Aceh Darussalam 2005 After graduating from UGM, Sahlan joined Ar Raniri Islamic University of Banda Aceh as a lecturer. While lecturing there, he initiated a Peace Centre at the university. He now leads the Peace Centre as its Director.
Ade Suharso Central Kalimantan 2005 Ade is on the staff of the Forestry Department in Central Kalimantan. He heads the conservation unit, which is responsible for managing bio-diversity, forestry fire, and protected forests within four districts. In 2008, he won a scholarship from the Orangutan Foundation of the UK. He is now a PhD student at University of Indonesia, Jakarta.
Rizawati West Kalimantan 2006 Riza is now a teacher at a public high school in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. In 2008-2009, she was appointed as a District Consultant in Management for Ketapang district by the Ministry of Development for Undeveloped Regions. Under this mandate, she has supervised various income-generating programs for ten underdeveloped villages within the District of Ketapang.
Olga Helena Hamadi Papua 2007 Olga is now Head of the Operational Unit of Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (Kontras) in Papua. Her mandate is to supervise and coordinate Kontras’ activities in monitoring, investigation, and advocacy. In December 2009, received her diploma.
Adriany Badrah Palu, Central Sulawesi Teacher from School of Women’s Role in Politics, Palu