Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship 2020 Extended

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Important update:

Referring to the current global situation and to ensure the program runs safely and smoothly, the Committee decided to extend the registration deadline from 23 February 2020 to 3 April 2020. The program which is planned to start from May to August is now changed from July to October. Please note to the new timeline below.


The Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) has been held since 2003 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Indonesia and has been awarded to 920 participants from 77 countries. It is a non-degree scholarship to learn Indonesian language, arts and culture at an arts centre in Indonesia for 3 months.

The Scholarship is set to promote better understanding about Indonesia through the various arts and culture. It provides a platform to build people to people contact between the participants and Indonesians. Therefore, participants will live within or close to the arts centre; allowing maximum exposure for participants to not only learn about Indonesia from the centre but also from the local community.



06 January                          Applications open

3 April                                   Applications close

15 May                                Announcement of results

15-19 June                          Pre-departure briefing at the Indonesian Embassy in London

3 July                                     Depart to Jakarta, Indonesia

4-5 July                                 Arrival of participants in Jakarta, Indonesia

6-12 July                              Orientation and team building activities

10 July                                  Opening of the programme by Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs

13 July – 10 October       Indonesian language, arts and culture programme starts at arts centre

11 October                         Arrival of participants at the venue of the closing of the programme

16 October                         Closing of the programme (“Indonesia Channel”)

17-18 October                   Cultural excursion and farewell night

19 October                         Return to UK/Ireland



All participants will spend a week of orientation in Jakarta. The Committee will then divide all participants into six groups to start their Indonesian language, arts and culture programme in different arts centres around Indonesia. The arts centres are in Bali, East Java, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, West Sumatra, and Yogyakarta. Learn about the different parts of Indonesia here:



The type of arts, including but not limited to dance, music and crafts, that will be taught to participants are different from one centre to another. Each arts centre will arrange social and cultural projects too, including cultural visits to historical places and tourist destinations. At the closing of the programme, participants will showcase their learning results by performing in an arts and cultural night titled “Indonesia Channel”.



  • BRITISH and IRISH[1] nationality and holder of a minimum of secondary education certificate/diploma (equivalent to Indonesian high school)
  • Age 21-27 years old;
  • Possess high interest or talent in arts;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Passionate to learn Indonesian language, arts and culture;
  • Active in student organizations and/or the social community;
  • Proficient user of social media.



Fill and submit:

  1. 2020 IACS Application Form (UK & Ireland). Click here:
  2. 2020 IACS Capability to Participate Questionnaire. Click here:
  3. 2020 IACS Social Media Usage. Click here:
  4. View of Indonesia Survey. Click here:

Send these supporting documents to the Indonesian Embassy in London through e-mail:

  • A motivation letter;
  • A photocopy of passport;
  • Recent passport photo in colour with red background (no less than 6 months);
  • A photocopy of academic certificate/diploma;
  • A letter of recommendation that can best describe your suitability to the programme.


The Scholarship will cover:

  • International flight tickets (economy) London/Dublin-Jakarta-London/Dublin
  • Indonesian visa fee
  • Domestic flight tickets (economy)
  • Accommodation (twin sharing hotel room/dormitory/homestay)
  • Tuition fee for the Indonesian language, arts and culture programme in designated arts centre
  • Local transportation during the programme
  • Basic Indonesian health insurance[2].
  • Monthly allowance of Rp 2.000.000,00[3]


Further inquiries can be directed to the above e-mail address.


[1] The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London is accredited to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland ONLY. Participants from other nationalities living in the UK and Ireland may apply from the Indonesian Embassy in their respective home countries.

[2] Participants are advised to provide their own international travel/health insurance.

[3] Equivalent to ± GBP109 to cover personal expenses such as meal and toiletries.