Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship
  • May 2 - August 15, 2020
  • Full Scholarship

The Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) program has been conducted since 2003 and was initially offered to and participated by member countries of the southwest Pacific Dialogue (SwPD).

Bearing in mind the significance and advantages obtained from the program, the scholarship was expanded over the years to include member countries of many countries from all regions in the world. In the period of 2003 to 2019, the scholarship has been awarded to 920 alumni from 77 countries.

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Due to the limited space and vast amount of interest in the program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in cooperation with Indonesian Embassies and Consulates overseas, hold a series of the selection process. Taken into considerations are, among others, the awardees’ background, gender, regional representation, and the interest to learn Indonesian culture.

The program is a non-degree and will be lasted for three months. During the program, awardees will be evenly divided into 6 (six) groups where each group will be placed by the organizing committee to different art centers located in 6 (six) provinces, namely: Bali; West Sumatra; East Kalimantan; East Java; South Sulawesi and Yogyakarta.

Awardees will live within or close to the arts center, allowing for the chance to experience the local heritage and interact with the local community. The synergy between theory and practices shared inside and outside the arts center would undoubtedly become the driving force for shaping international cultures and norms, and will eventually strengthen regional as well as global understanding and cooperation at a people-to-people level.


The program will be conducted in a three months period of time, starting on 2 May to 15 August 2020.


After 1 (one) week of orientation/introduction of the program in Jakarta, awardees are given the art center designated for them by the organizing committee on the basis of their motivation, interests, gender, regional dispersion, etc.

List of courses

Basically, all awardees will learn about Indonesian arts and culture in general while they are staying in the art centers. However, some of the courses will be different in each art center depending on the local arts and culture.

Each art center will arrange social and cultural projects. Moreover, a special visit to several historical places as well as renowned tourist destinations for awardees.

All awardees will perform in art and cultural night titled “Indonesian Channel” to remark the closing of the scholarship program. The “Indonesia Channel” is scheduled to be held on 13 August 2020. Awardees will return to their respective countries on the following days.




The scholarship will cover:

  • Tuition fee (including extra-curricular activities);
  • A round trip economy class ticket;
  • Accommodation (board and lodging);
  • Local transportation during the program;
  • Health insurance (limited). All awardees are advised to have their own health insurance.
  • Monthly allowance of Rp. 2,000,000.


  • Candidates should be single, between the ages of 21 to 27 years old with at least a high school diploma;
  • Candidates should possess high interest and talent in the arts. Arts students or those with an academic history on Indonesian culture are encouraged to apply;
  • Bearing in mind the intensity of the program, candidates are highly advised to ensure prime physical condition, particularly for female candidates to ensure that they do not conceive prior to and during the program;
  • Participants must arrive in Indonesia a day before the Orientation Program;
  • Participants must follow the whole program, including orientation program and Indonesian Channel;
  • Candidates must complete the application form (attached with the official link) and submit it with particulars as mentioned in the official link.
  • Basic skill in English is compulsory.
Eligible Regions: Member countries of ASEAN, ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Dialog Partners, ASEAN + European Union, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia-Europe Meeting, Africa Region, Melanesian Spearhead Group and members of South West Pacific Dialog

Application Process

Apply through the application form given in the official link.

  • For Indonesian applicants: The application form should be sent to THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Directorate of Public Diplomacy (Tower Building, 12th Floor, Jl. Taman Pejambon No. 6, Jakarta 10110). The applications should be received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 February 2020.
  • For foreign applicants: The application form must be sent to the Embassy/Consulate General of Indonesia in respective countries. The applications should be received by the Indonesian Embassies/Consulates on 14 February 2020 for the initial selection process.

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Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

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