The University of Wollongong has created a fellowship in memory of the late archaeologist Mike Morwood, to mark 10 years since controversial papers were published proclaiming a team co-led by Prof Morwood had discovered a tiny new human species, nicknamed the "Hobbit".
Prof Morwood's colleague and friend, Thomas Sutikna, will be the first recipient of the Michael J. Morwood postdoctoral fellowship.
Mr Sutikna was one of the key Indonesian archaeologists involved in the original Hobbit discovery at Liang Bua, on the Indonesian island of Flores.
He will begin his fellowship next year, including continued research at Liang Bua and exploration of limestone caves elsewhere in the Indonesian archipelago.
Mr Sutikna aims to find out more about the Hobbit's last days and to make other new discoveries.
"The discovery of Homo floresiensis has major implications for the understanding of human evolution and dispersal across the globe," Mr Sutikna said.
"This discovery is only a piece of the larger puzzle of past human activities in Liang Bua, which needs to be explored with subsequent excavations."
The next step was to focus on other potential sites throughout Flores and other islands in Indonesia that were identified during digging at the Liang Bua cave, he said.