Arryman Program

July 2016: The 2016 Arryman Fellows are blogging about their new experiences, living in the US, and studying at Northwestern University. Follow along at:


The Arryman Fellows and Scholars Program

The Arryman Fellows and Arryman Scholars program, funded by ISRSF in Jakarta, trains emerging Indonesian scholars in the social sciences. The Fellows are awarded a one-year grant for pre-doctoral research at EDGS in the fields of political science, history, sociology, law, business, journalism and communications, anthropology, and development studies. Upon admission into a Northwestern doctoral program, Arryman Fellows are eligible to become Arryman Scholars, which entitles them to a grant from ISRSF funding up to six years of doctoral study.

2017 Arryman Fellows

Sofyan Ansori earned his bachelor’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Indonesia in 2009 with the highest GPA in his class. He was awarded a “Future Leadership Scholarship” from PPM School of Management in 2012 for his master’s degree. Since completing his studies, he has worked as an associate researcher and lecturer at the University of Indonesia. An experienced ethnographer, Sofyan will join Northwestern’s Anthropology Department where he is going to perform research on the sources of Central Kalimantan’s peatland fires.



Robie Kholilurrahman completed his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia in 2016 with a thesis titled, “State and Mobile Investors Relation on Industrialization in Post New Order Indonesia (1998-2014).” Since graduating, he has worked as a researcher at the Research Institute for Crisis and Alternative Development Strategies (INKRISPENA), and as a research associate at the Directorate for Foreign Politics and International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). At Northwestern, Robie will join the department of Political Science where he will conduct research on the topic of political economy of industrialization.


Muhammad Ridha earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Indonesia. His thesis was, “Hegemonic Contestation of Batang’s Peasant Movement.” Supported by an Australian Development Scholarship, he received his master’s from Murdoch University with a thesis entitled, “The Development of a Universal Social Security System in Indonesia.” He once worked at Pusat Kajian Politik (Puskapol) Universitas Indonesia as researcher prior his to master’s and became an independent consultant and researcher for several non-governmental organizations in Indonesia. He plans to study in the Political Science department at Northwestern, where he will deepen his research on the political economy of welfare programs.


Perdana Putri Roswaldy (Pepe) was awarded her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in the humanities from the University of Indonesia. Focusing on Russia, her thesis was entitled “The Dynamics of Russian Avant-Garde Painting from 1890 to the 1920s.” She was also active in the Progressive Student Union at the university. Since graduating, she has worked as a communication and publications officer at Asia Justice and Rights. Having grown up on a palm oil plantation in Riau, Pepe wants to analyze how the transmigration scheme has contributed to the global supply chain of palm oil. Pepe will join the Sociology Department.



Arryman Scholars

LuLuthfi close up2thfi Adam is a History graduate student at NU. As a 2013 Arryman Fellow, Luthfi pursued a comparative study of the rise of native journalism and nationalism movements in post colonial countries. He has worked on the theme of Mas Marco Kartodikromo’s journalism and nationalism movement in the Dutch colonial era. He graduated with a B.A. in Journalism at Padjadjaran University in 2007 and continued on with a master’s degree in Cultural and Media Studies at Gadjah Mada University where he graduated cum laude in 2011 and then became a lecturer in Padjadjaran University.


M Fajar Close upMuhammad Fajar is a Political Science graduate student at NU. As a 2013 Arryman Fellow, Muhammad researched democracy promotion policies in Indonesia supported by international agencies. His research interests revolve around social movements and democracy promotion. He received his B.A. in Sociology from University of Indonesia (UI). In 2011, he received the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) scholarship for his master’s degree at the Institute of Social Studies, in the Hague, specializing in Governance and Democracy (G&D).


SindhuSindhunata Hargyono is an Anthropology graduate student at NU. Sindhu graduated cum laude from the University of Indonesia’s department of Anthropology in 2013. Sindhu’s interests include digital photography and film, open source mapping, and digital illustration. During his Arryman Fellow year his research focused on Indonesia’s Buru Island and how the Indonesian New Order materialized its totalitarian ambition through rendering untried political prisoners superfluous in Buru.



NormanNorman Joshua is a History graduate student at NU. Norman graduated from the University of Indonesia’s History department in 2014. Since graduating, Norman has worked as a writer and researcher at Majalah Loka, an online publication primarily concerned with historical, socio-political, and cultural issues in Indonesia. During his Arryman Fellow year his research focused on the combination of the Indonesian gas and oil industry, bureaucratic incompetence, corrupt practices, overexpansion, and the state of the global financial market during the 1970s oil boom.


yoesweb2Yoes Chandra Kenawas is a Political Science graduate student at NU. As a 2014 Arryman Fellow, Yoes studied comparative politics, focusing on the rise of political dynasty and oligarchy at the local level in the post-New Order Indonesia. Yoes graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, with a B.A. in  International Relations. He did a M.A. in Asian Studies at S. Rajaratman School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was also a visiting lecturer at Parahyangan Catholic University and served as a research associate at the Centre for Innovation, Policy and Governance.


Gde Dwitya Arief MeteraGde Metera is a Political Science graduate student at NU. As a 2012 Arryman Fellow, Gde performed research on the intersection of civil society and state religion relations. He received his B.A. degree in English from Gadjah Mada University and later an M.A. in religious studies in May 2012. He also was awarded a graduate student fellowship by the Asian Research Institute at the National University of Singapore in 2011.


Bahram NaderilBahram Naderil intends to pursue his doctorate at NU in the department of Anthropology. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Jember, writing a thesis focused on women’s rights in the United States and the 2013 repeal of the Pentagon’s combat exclusion policy. He has received honors of being named the “National Best Speaker” in the 2013 National University Debating Championship. During his Fellow year his research focused on women’s struggles against male domination in Indonesian Islam and Christianity.



Mirna NadiaMirna Nadia intends to pursue her doctorate at NU in the department of Sociology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Bandung’s Institute of Technology where she achieved distinction on the Dean’s List at the School of Life Science and Technology. She continued her studies at the master’s level at Uppsala University’s International Health Program in the Department of women’s and Children’s Health. Her Fellow year research focused on sexual reproductive health and rights, and the state’s efforts to regulate sexuality particularly among women and adolescents.



Aulia Dwi NastitiAulia Dwi Nastiti intends to pursue her doctorate at NU in the Political Science department. She did her bachelor’s degree in the Department of Communication at the University of Indonesia, where she is currently a researcher and junior lecturer in media studies. She completed her master’s degree at the Universite Jean Mouli Lyon 3 with her thesis entitled, “Culture and Cultural Policy in a Globalized Context: The Case of Indonesia.” During her Fellow year she focused her research on how new “digital middleman” technologies, such as Uber, are changing the political economy of commodification, labor, and power across a range of societies.



SabinawebSabina Satriyani Puspita is a Political Science graduate student at NU. As a 2014 Arryman Fellow, Sabina studied comparative politics, focusing on China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Sabina graduated from Ursuline Wenzao College of Languages, Kaoshiung, Taiwan, with a B.A. in translation. She graduated with an honor of academic performance. She worked as in-house translator/interpreter to the Public Affairs Division, Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta. She also freelanced as a translator/interpreter from Mandarin to Bahasa Indonesia and English.


Sari Damar RatriSari Damar Ratri intends to pursue her doctorate at NU in the department of Anthropology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Indonesia and her master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Sari was the 1st prize winner of ISRSF’s national women’s essay competition in 2014. Currently she is an associate researcher at the University of Indonesia’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies. She continued her studies in this field during her Fellow year.


WarawebKadek Wara Urwasi is a Sociology graduate student at NU. As a 2014 Arryman Fellow, Wara studied urban sociology, focusing on conflicts in cities and the role of urban policies and planning. She graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Udayana University, Denpasar. She obtained her Master of Architecture in Urban Design (First Class with Distinction), School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India. Wara is also an award-winning writer and a poet. She is a recipient of Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellowship from the Nippon Foundation in 2012 – 2013 to conduct a research on the cultural landscape of urban design in Japan and Malaysian cities.


Rhardhika close upRahardhika Arista Utama is a Sociology graduate student at NU. As a 2013 Arryman Fellow, Rahardhika researched social inequality, development policies, and the sociology of economic change. He received his B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Indonesia in August 2012, where he also served as young researcher and assistant editor of the ‘Masyarakat’ sociology journal  for LabSosio Center for Sociological Studies.



2016 Arryman Symposium

The 2015 Arryman Fellows, Sindhunata Hargyono and Norman Joshua, with Jeffrey Winters and Poengky Indarti










The 2014 Arryman Fellows: Wara Urwasi, Yoes Kenawas and Sabina Puspita









Luthfi Adam, Rahardhika Utama, Najmu Sopian and Muhammad Fajar are the 2013 Arryman Fellows

Luthfi Adam, Rahardhika Utama, Najmu Sopian and Muhammad Fajar are the 2013 Arryman Fellows

Arryman Fellows are selected in Jakarta by the Indonesian Scholarship and Research Support Foundation (ISRSF) and awarded a major scholarship intended to launch them successfully on their academic careers. This initial research phase will include a range of educational experiences and faculty mentorship, as well as taking graduate seminars for credit. The culmination of each Arryman Fellow’s year of research is a symposium in the spring at EDGS at which they present their final research papers. The Fellows will also present their work at a symposium back in Jakarta jointly sponsored by ISRSF and the Ford Foundation.




2012 Arryman Fellows: Gde Metera, Danang Kurniadi, Hipolitus Ringgi

ISRSF awards to Arryman Fellows and Arryman Scholars are made possible through the generous gifts of major donors and foundations in Indonesia: PT Adaro Energy, Bank BCA, PT Djarum, William Soeryadjaya Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rajawali Foundation.

The Arryman Program is named after the late Dr. Arif Arryman, a brilliant intellectual figure in Indonesia. The Arryman candidates that come to Northwestern have the potential to become a transformative element among Indonesian academics and intellectuals and within the broader Indonesian society.

The Arryman Fellows and Scholars Program is made possible with the generous support of: