Projects / Initiatives

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).

Who can apply

We are inviting applications from Papua New Guineans living in PNG and the diaspora (though those living overseas will not be supported to attend the workshops in person), undergraduate and postgraduate students, published and aspiring writers, researchers, and history enthusiasts. Ideally, applicants should be either:

  • Enrolled in or recently completed a relevant undergraduate degree;
  • Enrolled in or recently completed relevant postgraduate education;
  • Working in or for a university or research/cultural institution in any capacity;
  • Published authors or aspiring writers looking for training and publishing opportunities.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online survey form here.

In addition, applicants are asked to send a two-page CV to with the subject ‘Revitalizing the PNG Dictionary Project’.

The application deadline is 30 April 2024, by 11:59 (PNG Standard Time).

Applicants will be notified within two weeks of this deadline by project leads Theresa Meki (DPA, ANU), Keimelo Gima (SHSS, UPNG) and Nicholas Hoare (DPA, ANU).

If you have any queries regarding the online application or the Revitalization project in general, please contact Dr Theresa Meki at

Revisiting the Papua New Guinea Dictionary of Contemporary Biography