Australia Awards in Indonesia

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Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships

Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders from Indonesia. The Scholarships were jointly announced by the President of Indonesia and the Prime Minister of Australia at the Australia-Indonesia Annual Leader’s Meeting in July 2023.

In 2024, ten Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships will be offered to aspiring Indonesian leaders who can contribute to the exchange of knowledge in fields crucial to developing Indonesia's new capital city, Nusantara. The awards will be offered to undertake full-time postgraduate study at Monash University, Indonesia, September 2024. Monash University established the first Australian university in-country campus in 2020.

Applicants will be assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence, and, most importantly, their potential to impact development challenges in Indonesia. Applicants will be required to show that they can contribute to the development of Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara, using the knowledge, skills and networks gained through their study.

The Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships aims to achieve a balance across female and male awardees and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, including applicants from the Equity Target Groups (ETG). Applicants from Kalimantan Timur are also encouraged to apply.

Targeting of Awards

Australia Awards in Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships are offered within two main categories: Targeted and Non-Targeted Categories.

Applicants from the Targeted category include:

  1. Equity Target Groups (ETG) that comprise:
  1. Government of Indonesia (GoI) agencies, including any candidate from a government agency (including central, provincial, or local), but not extending to employees of state-owned enterprises. The category will be limited to employees with the status of civil servant (Pegawai Negeri Sipil).

Applicants from the Non-Targeted category include those outside the above category.

Level of study

The Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships provide citizens of Indonesia with the opportunity to obtain a Masters from Monash University, Indonesia.

Eligible fields of study

Applicants will be able to apply for the following Masters programs:

  • Masters in Business Innovation
  • Masters in Data Science
  • Masters in Cybersecurity
  • Masters in Public Policy and Management
  • Masters in Urban Design
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Masters in Marketing and Digital Communication

Awards will be offered for study commencing in September 2024.

Scholarship benefits

The scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for individuals to complete the academic program specified by the academic institution, including any preparatory training. Read here for more information about the scholarship benefits.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants of the Australia Awards Indonesia Nusantara Scholarships must already hold an undergraduate degree and meet all eligibility requirements. Read here for more information.

Scholars will be expected to enrol on a fulltime basis. Monash University, Indonesia recognises that many students balance work and study commitments and have designed their programs of study accordingly.

Application dates

The application process will be for study commencing at Monash University, Indonesia, in October 2023:

Opening date: 15 April 2024    
Closing date: 12 May 2024 (23.59 WIB)

Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

The application process­

Apply online through Cognito Form at this link

When applying online, all essential supporting documents must be uploaded on the online application form (Cognito Form) to meet the specific requirements for Indonesia. Read here for more information on the relevant documents the applicants must prepare.

We advise applicants to submit their online application well before the closing date. The online application facility (Cognito Form) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date, and applicants may experience delays.

If you have questions regarding the application, please text us on WhatsApp at +62 812 8595 8221. You can also contact us at

The selection process­

  • Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • The selection process includes an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Academic competence;
    • Potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in Indonesia;
    • Professional and personal leadership attributes, including relevant work experience;
    • Potential to contribute to the development of Indonesia’s new capital.
  • Successful candidates will be notified no later than 30 June 2024.

Read here for more information on the important attributes of alumni that the scholarships seek to produce.

Further information

More general information about Australia Awards and Australia’s aid program can be found at this link.        

Information about Monash University, Indonesia, can be found at this link.

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