KNB Scholarship Indonesia for DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ~ Ofuran

KNB Scholarship Indonesia for DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

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 2005, 243 students from 36 countries have completed the NAM scholarship program.

Considering that the international political development has made the use of the term “NAM” irrelevant, this scholarship program has been renamed 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.

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

  • Literary studies
  • Linguistics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Remote sensing
  • Computer
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Sports Sciences
  • Medical Studies
  • Pharmacy Studies
Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Forestry
  • Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Estate Crop Product Technology
  • Marine Science
  • Fisheries
Social Science
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Economic Development Study
  • Management
  • Law
  • International Relations
  • Accounting
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Community Empowerment Studies
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Informatics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Naval Architect Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Informatics Engineering
  • Education Management
  • Education Research and Evaluation
  • Social Science Education
  • Natural Science Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Vocational and Technology Education
  • Out of School/Informal Education
  • Applied Linguistics
  • History Education
  • Instructional Education
  • Indonesian Education
  • Sports Education
  • Educational Science
  • Primary School Teacher Education
Multi-disclipinary Studies
  • Performing Arts and Arts Studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Tourism Studies
  • Bio Technology
Period of Study:
  • Indonesian Language: 8 Months
  • Master Preparatory Programs: 4 Months
  • Master Programs: 24 Months (4 Semester)
  • Research in the framework of the graduate program should be carried out in Indonesia.
  • Should the research be carried in the respective home country, all the cost will be borne by the respective student.
  • All lectures and thesis writing will be in the Indonesian language.

Financial assistance:
  • Settlement Allowance will be given upon arrival in Indonesia. 
  • While taking the Indonesian language course and preparatory programs, a student will receive Rp. 1.500.000,-/month (cost of living only).
  • During their Master Programs in Indonesia, the students will get: Cost of Living (net, monthly) = Rp. 1.500.000,- Research Allowance (monthly) = Rp. 400.000,- (to be given at the beginning of the third semester), Books (net, monthly) = Rp. 350.000,-
  • The scholarship will be provided by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for 36 months.
  • 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.
Health insurance
  • The students are eligible for health check-up at a public health center referred to by the host university.
  • Health insurance given to the students is based on the recommended doctor’s statement. Should students see specialists including dentists, eye specialists and maternity specialists, they should bear all the cost.
The scholarship will be given for a maximum of 36 months with the following schedule.

Indonesian-Language Course-Preparatory Programs
Master Programs
8   month4   month
24 month
 Sept ’10  –  April ’11 May  ’11  –  August’11
Sept ’11  –  August’13
  • The maximum age is 35 years.
  • Copies of the diploma and academic transcripts (translated into English) for bachelor degree holders.
  • A TOEFL score of 450 or equivalent (the certificate being attached).
  • A Health certificate from recognized medical doctors in the respective home countries.
  • The Completed Application Form.

International Airfare:
The Indonesian Government provides a round-trip international airfare (economic class) from the international airport of the students’ home countries to Jakarta.


The students are expected to have a valid passport minimum for 2 years. Visit Visa (VITAS) that can be gained through the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia where the participants live. 

Visa used for joining this program is a Short-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 to study in Indonesia, since it will have effect in processing the Stay-Permit.

On arrival:
  1. After obtaining the social/culture visa from the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in the student’s country of residence, the students are urged to depart for Indonesian as soon as possible.
  2. 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. Students are strongly advised not to be accompanied by any family member. The monthly stipend provided is only appropriate for one person.

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