Australian Development Scholarship (ADS)

April 07, 2010

Estimated budget

A$40 million


1 February 2009 - Phase III

Scheduled completion

31 January 2012

Counterpart Agencies

State Secretariat

Main Locations


Managing Contractor

IDP Education Pty Ltd Australia


The Australian Government has been providing scholarships to Indonesia for study in Australia since the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. The Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) program remains the largest and longest running scholarships program in Indonesia . Australian Development Scholarships offers up to 300 scholarships each year at the postgraduate level (Masters or Doctorate) to Indonesians in both the public, private and community sectors.


The program provides scholarships for Indonesians to acquire relevant knowledge, skills and qualifications to strengthen their capacity to contribute to development in Indonesia .

In addition to building human resource capacity, the scholarships program offers awardees the opportunity to experience the Australian way of life and share Indonesian culture and heritage with Australians - strengthening the people to people links between Australia and Indonesia .

The program provides an equal number of scholarships to men and women, and up to 30 per cent of scholarships are offered to candidates from Indonesia 's less developed provinces, where access to high quality education is limited.

Scholarships are offered in four key development priority fields outlined in the Australia Indonesia Partnership Country Strategy 2008-2013. These fields include sustainable growth and economic management; investing in people; democracy, justice and good governance; and safety and peace.

Scholarships are awarded on the principles of merit and equity. The program also takes into account several development objectives. Selection is undertaken by an independent team of Australian and Indonesian academics.

Applications for the 2010 intake will open on 16 June and close 4 September 2009.


The scholarships program demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to supporting Indonesia in achieving sustainable development. Over 5,000 ADS scholarships have been awarded to Indonesians since the 1950s and significant numbers of alumni are making significant contributions to national development, driving Indonesian reform priorities and strengthening the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia .

Note: If you wish to apply for a scholarship to study in Australia , please visit the ADS website [external site] for detailed information. Inquiries on Australian Development Scholarships should be addressed to:

Wira Usaha Building 2nd 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

Further information on Australian Development Scholarships can also be found at:

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