Indonesian Government Scholarship for Master Degree

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Indonesian Government Scholarship for Master Degree

The Tenth Conference of Heads of States of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries held on 1-6 September 1992 concluded among others the idea of providing scholarships by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which is now the Ministry of National Education (MONE). The scholarship is aimed to strengthen the relationship and mutual cooperation among the members of NAM countries, to reciprocate scholarship programs provided by other countries for Indonesian citizens, and to provide stronger cultural links between these nations. In 1993 the Government of the Republic of Indonesian started to offer postgraduate (master degree) scholarships to students from the NAM member countries.

However, since 2002, after the cold war ended, the scholarship has been offered to citizens of other developing countries such as Thailand, Fiji, South Korea, Suriname, Guyana, Turkey, Vietnam, Vanuatu and attracted more applicants. Over the years up to 2010 was recorded that 582 students from 53 countries have been awarded this scholarship program.

Due to the international political development, the use of the term (NAM) was considered irrelevant, which has resulted into the change of Developing Countries Partnership Scholarship (DCPS) or Beasiswa Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB).


The scholarship is offered to postgraduate students (Master Degree) to study at one of the universities in Indonesia for 3 years, consisting of one year of the Indonesian Language and Preparatory Programs and 2 years of Master Program with the arrangement below.

1. Fields of study (be advised that not every university offers the following fields of study)

a. Humanities

1. Literary studies
2. Linguistics
3. History
4. Philosophy
5. Anthropology
6. Cultural Studies

b. Science

1. Biology
2. Physics
3. Geography
4. Chemistry
5. Remote sensing
6. Computer
7. Mathematics
8. Statistics
9. Environmental Sciences
10. Public Health
11. Sports Sciences
12. Medical Studies
13. Pharmacy Studies

c. Agricultural Sciences

1. Agricultural Economics
2. Agronomy
3. Soil Science
4. Plant Pathology
5. Entomology
6. Forestry
7. Animal Science
8. Veterinary Science
9. Agricultural Engineering
10. Food Science & Technology
11. Estate Crop Product Technology
12. Marine Science
13. Fisheries

d. Social Science

1. Public Administration
2. Political Science
3. Sociology
4. Psychology
5. Economic Development Study
6. Management
7. Law
8. International Relations
9. Accounting
10. Communication and Media Studies
11. Community Empowerment Studies

e. Engineering

1. Chemical Engineering
2. Civil Engineering
3. Architectural Engineering
4. Electrical Engineering and Informatics
5. Mechanical Engineering
6. Geological Engineering
7. Naval Architect Engineering
8. Environmental Engineering
9. Informatics Engineering

f. Education

1. Education Management
2. Education Research and Evaluation
3. Social Science Education
4. Natural Science Education
5. Mathematics Education
6. Vocational and Technology Education
7. Out of School/Informal Education
8. Applied Linguistics
9. History Education
10. Instructional Education
11. Indonesian Education
12. Sports Education
13. Educational Science
14. Primary School Teacher Education

g. Multi-disclipinary Studies

1. Performing Arts and Arts Studies
2. Comparative Religious Studies
3. Tourism Studies
4. Bio Technology

2. Period of Study :

a. Indonesian Language : 8 Months
b. Master Preparatory Programs : 4 Months
c. Master Programs : 24 Months (4 Semester)

3. Research

a. Research in the framework of the graduate program should be carried out in Indonesia.
b. Should the research be carried in the respective home country, all the cost will be borne by the respective student.

4. Language

All lectures and thesis writing will be in the Indonesian language.


1. Financial assistance

i. Settlement Allowance will be given upon arrival in Indonesia
ii. While taking the Indonesian language course and preparatory programs, a student will receive Rp. 1.500.000,- (R 1300) /month (cost of living only).
iii. During their Master Programs in Indonesia, the students will get :
 Cost of Living (net, monthly) = Rp. 1.500.000,- (R. 1300)
 Research Allowance (monthly) = Rp. 400.000,- (R 350)
(to be given at the beginning of the third semester)
 Books (net, monthly) = Rp. 350.000,- (R 280)
iv. The scholarship will be provided by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for 36 months.
v. A round-trip international airfare (economic class) from the international airport of the students’ home countries to Indonesia, including local transport to the host university.

2. Health insurance

i. The student is subjected to a health insurance.
ii. Health insurances shall covered selected medical services with maximum of Rp. 150.000,- (R 120) monthly premi.
iii. In case of the cost of medical services exceeded to those covered by the health insurance, the difference should be borne by student.

3. Schedule

The scholarship will be given for a maximum of 36 months with the following schedule

1.Indonesian Language Course
2.Preparatory Programs
3.Master Programs


1. The maximum age is 35 years
2. Copies of the diploma and academic transcripts (translated into English) for bachelor degree holders
3. A TOEFL score of 450 or equivalent (the certificate being attached)
4. A Health certificate from recognized medical doctors in the respective home countries
5. The Completed Application Form


1. The application and all the supporting documents must be received by the Bureau for Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of National Education not later than mid May 2011.
2. Selection will be conducted by the end of May 2011.
3. The selection result will be announced by the end of June 2011.
4. The students should arrive in Jakarta by mid September 2011.
5. Orientation will be organized in September 2011.
6. The Indonesian language course will start in mid September 2011.


1. International Airfare
The Indonesian Government provides a round-trip international airfare (economic class) from the international airport of the student’s home countries to Jakarta.
2. Visa
a. The students are expected to have a valid passport minimum for 2 years.
b. Visa used for joining this program is a Social Visit Visa (VKSB) that can be gained through the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia where the participants live. Furthermore, this visa should be conversed to get the Stay-Permit for 1 (one) year upon the arrival of the participants in Indonesia through the Immigration Office where the participants study.

The participants are prohibited to use the Tourist Visa or On-Arrival Visa , since it will have effect in processing the Stay-Permit.
3. On arrival
a. After obtaining VKSB from the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in the student country of residence, the students are urged to depart for Indonesia as soon as possible
b. Students are required to inform the Bureau for Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of National Education, Jakarta regarding their schedule of arrival in Indonesia. This is to enable this Bureau to make all necessary arrangements in meeting all students at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
c. Students are strongly advised not to be accompanied by any family member. The monthly stipend provided is only appropriate for one person.


1. Return home after finishing study
Students who have accomplished their study should contact the host university 30 days prior to their departure so as to allow time for preparing necessary documents.
2. Excess Baggage
The Indonesian government does not provide any money for excess baggage and book trasportations.
3. Temporary return
When the students wish to leave Indonesia temporarily for a personal reason, they are required:
a. To have a letter of recommendation from the host university
b. To have a round-trip international airfare.
c. To cover cost of exit re-entry permit.
d. During their leave, they will not receive any monthly allowance.
4. Drop-out?Aborting study
In case students return home due to a personal reason or because they cannot complete their study (e.g. inability to complete the study or violating the university regulations), the following points apply:
a. Students should inform the Director of Graduate Program of the host university.
b. They must inform their government official/representative in writing to explain the nature of the problems that have forced them to quit study
c. They must bear the cost of the international airfares.


1. Accomodation
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia will not provide any lodging or board for the DCP students. However, the host university will assist them in finding a suitable boarding house/accomodation.
2. Holiday/Study Leave
The Indonesian Government does not provide any costs other than the scholarship. Any other costs for personal reasons or vacations will be the responsibility of the students.
3. Dressing Decency
Students are advised to wear decent/appropriate clothes when visiting government offices and public places, and attending classes in campus.

Contact detail

Head, Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation
Ministry of National Education
The Republic of Indonesia
C Building, 7th Floor
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman– Senayan, Jakarta 10270
Telp/Fax : (62-21) 5724707, 5738181, 5709446/45


Mail to : [email protected] / [email protected]


Director of Public Diplomacy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jalan Taman Pejambon No. 6, Jakarta
Telp. (62-21) 3813480
Fax. (62-21) 3858035

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