Revitalizing the PNG Dictionary of Biography – applications now opened


The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) is looking for submissions to participate in the PNG Dictionary of Biography Project.
Applications close on 30 April 2024.

The project is about documenting and celebrating the lives of Papua New Guinea’s nation builders and we are looking to identify a group of writers to collaborate and conduct historical research about significant and representative Papua New Guineans.

Participants are invited to research and write a short biographical entry of 500–2,000 words for peer review and publication in Volume One of the revitalised PNG Dictionary of Biography, 1975–2025.

In collaboration with scholars at the University of Papua New Guinea and the Australian National University (including the Oceania Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography), the project will support writers through this process by sponsoring attendance at biography workshops in Port Moresby, provide mentorship and editorial support, and offer writers a modest honorarium upon submission of their biographical entries.

This project is funded in part by the Australian Government through the Pacific Research Program Phase II. The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2023/1426).