Australia Awards Indonesia

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The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.

Australia Awards Indonesia

The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

The Australia Awards include:

  • Australia Awards Scholarships, which provide long and short term opportunities to enhance leadership, knowledge and technical skills for individuals from partner governments, tertiary institutions and strategic organisations that are driving development.
  • Endeavour Awards, which provide a range of opportunities for study, research and professional development focusing on strengthening education linkages, skills and knowledge throughout the region.

Over time, the Australia Awards are helping to build enduring links between Australia and a new generation of international leaders for the 21st century.

Australia Awards in Indonesia
Australia’s international development assistance in Indonesia aims to work in partnership with the Government of Indonesia (GOI) to achieve a prosperous, democratic and safe nation by implementing Indonesia’s National Medium Term Development Plan. Australia Awards Scholarships are aligned with Australia’s development assistance in Indonesia, targeting human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. They aim to provide awardees with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development. Australia Awards will assess applicants for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Indonesia. Australia Awards offers awards on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disability and people from Australian Government geographic focus areas—Papua, West Papua, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Aceh

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered in two main categories: ‘Public Sector Category’ and ‘Open Category’.

Public applicants are from government organisations, state universities and state owned enterprises and must be approved by training or foreign cooperation bureaus (BKLN) of their local or central agencies. Public applicants from government agencies outside Jakarta may apply directly to the Australia Awards Scholarships program office with the approval of their relevant Kakanwil or Kadinas and approval from Bupati or Governor (or representative) where necessary. Calon Pegawai Negeri Sipil (CPNS) are not eligible to apply.

Open applicants are from private organisations, private universities and also include recent university graduates. No government approval is required and applications are to be submitted directly to the Australia Awards office. A letter of support from the applicant’s home agency, institution or private university may be included with the application. Public servants (pegawai negeri) cannot apply as ‘open applicants’.

Targeted and Non-Targeted Category
Australia Awards Scholarships are awarded as ‘Targeted’ or ‘Non-Targeted’. Up to 70% of Australia Awards Scholarships are Targeted; available for nominated staff from Government of Indonesia Key Agencies, Targeted Sectors and from DFAT Geographic Focus Areas. Further information on each of these sub-categories is available at

At least 30% of Australia Awards Scholarships are Non-Targeted available for public servants and non-public servants outside the DFAT Geographic Focus Areas.

Scholarships are for full-time study for a Masters or Doctorate degree from Australian tertiary institutions. The scholarship provides up to nine months full-time language and academic preparation in Indonesia. Students must achieve satisfactory results in this training to be able to continue their scholarships.

Social inclusion
Eligible candidates with a disability or from organisations working with the disabled are encouraged to apply. Women and candidates within DFAT Geographic Focus Areas are also encouraged to apply.

General Requirements
In general candidates must:

  • be an Indonesian citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from Indonesia
  • not be married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status, at any stage of the application, selection, mobilisation processes or while on-scholarship in Australia
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (health, character etc)
  • not be applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • not be applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous Australia Awards Scholarship recipient in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia or back in Indonesia for eight years)
  • have satisfied any specific criteria established by Indonesia or government of Indonesia
  • not be current serving military personnel
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a DFAT student visa and
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian university at which the Scholarship is to be undertaken

Specifically, candidates must:

  • be applying for courses that fall within the areas of priority (see “Choosing a Course of Study” below)
  • at the application closing date, be not older than 42 years of age
  • have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.9 on a scale of maximum 4.0 (2.75 for applicants from DFAT Geographic Focus Areas and for applicants with a disability as declared on the Australia Awards Scholarships application form)
  • For Masters applicants - have an English language proficiency of at least 5.0 in IELTS (or 500 in paper-based TOEFL or 61 in internet based TOEFL ). For PhD applicants - have an English language proficiency of at least 6.0 in IELTS (or 530 in paper-based TOEFL or 71 in internet based TOEFL. The IELTS or TOEFL result must be current (a test result obtained in 2013 or 2014 will be considered current). No other English language test (including TOEFL prediction test) results will be accepted.
  • already hold an undergraduate degree, if applying for a Masters
  • already have a Masters, if applying for a Doctorate
  • if applying for a Doctorate, applicants will be restricted to staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institutes, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other agencies associated with DFAT activities
  • it is highly desirable for Doctorate applicants to have a letter of support from an Australian university for their proposed field of study
  • answer all relevant questions on the application form
  • be willing and available to undertake full-time (Monday - Friday 0800-1600) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) training in Indonesia prior to studying in Australia, if offered a scholarship.

Selection Process
All applicants are considered by an independent Joint Selection Committee comprised of Australian and Indonesian academics. Only those shortlisted will be interviewed. The interview will assess candidates’ academic ability, clarity of study goals, and cultural adaptability. A critical consideration will be how well the Australia Awards Scholarships applicant is able to explain the relevance of their proposed study area to the development of Indonesia. The interview will be accompanied by an IELTS test of English language proficiency.

Final selection is objective and based on the principles of merit and equity. The final list of recipients is subject to scrutiny and endorsement by DFAT and Government of Indonesia - State Secretariat.

Selection quotas:

  • Up to 70% of awards will be offered to applicants from the Targeted Category including up to 30% of this number from DFAT Geographic Focus Areas
  • At least 30% of awards will be offered to applicants from the Non-Targeted Category,
  • 85% of awards at Masters level and up to 15% of awards at Doctorate (PhD) level. (NB doctoral level study is only open to staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institute, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other organizations associated with DFAT activities).
  • an equal number of awards will be offered to men and women.

Notification of Selection Result
All applicants will be advised whether or not they have been selected for an interview. All interviewed applicants will be notified whether or not they have been awarded an Australia Awards Scholarships. The result is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Where appropriate, notification will include details of pre-departure training (English, academic skills, cultural preparation). This training is compulsory and full-time (see page 6 for step by step of Australia Awards Scholarships Application Process).

Type and Number of Awards
Australia Awards Scholarships in Indonesia is available for the following types of courses:

  • Master degree courses
  • Doctorate degree (PhD) programs

Master Degree Courses

  • The maximum duration for a Master degree program is two years.
  • Master degree programs may be offered by coursework, by research or by a combination of coursework and research. Masters by research or a combination of coursework and research should be offered only to those applicants who have demonstrated the need for high level research skills in order to undertake research or teaching or to supervise researchers upon their return home.
  • Double Master degrees are permitted only when both are included in the institution’s original offer and both courses can be completed within two years.
  • Applicants wishing to undertake a Masters by research must investigate an appropriate supervisor. Australian higher education institutions’ websites identify the institution’s areas of research strength. Applicants should supply evidence of past research undertaken and highlight outcomes.

Doctorate Degree (PhD) Program

  • The maximum duration for a PhD is four years.
  • Study at doctorate level (PhD) may be subject to partner government approval. Normally, approval is given only where the applicant occupies, or is expected to occupy, a senior position requiring individual research or the supervision and training of other researchers in a research organisation (e.g. university or research centre) in the applicant’s home country.

Selection Quotas
In the 2013/2014 Australia Awards Scholarships application round, awards will be offered for commencement in 2014/2015 with the following allocation:

  • Up to 70% of awards will be offered to applicants from the Targeted Category including up to 30% of this number from Australian Aid Geographic Focus Areas
  • At least 30% of awards will be offered to applicants from the Non-Targeted Category,
  • 85% of awards at Masters level and up to 15% of awards at Doctorate (PhD) level. (NB doctoral level study is only open to staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institute, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other organizations associated with Australian Aid activities).
  • an equal number of awards will be offered to men and women.

Length of Study and Course Options
Scholarships will be available for full-time study of an Australian post-graduate qualification for the minimum period required to complete the award through the relevant Australian university, selected from Australian Government contracted universities.

Application round opens from February 1st until July 18th, 2014.

Contact Us
The Australia Awards Office is open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 08.00 - 16.00.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact our office through the address below.

Wira Usaha Building 7th floor.
JL. H.R. Rasuna Said kav.C-5 Kuningan,
South Jakarta 12940
Phone number : +62 21 527 7648
Fax number : +62 21 527 7649

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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