2018 Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship


The Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) has been conducted since 2003 and was initially offered to and participated by member countries of the South West Pacific Dialogue (SwPD); Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and the host Indonesia.

Bearing in mind the significance and advantages obtained from the program, the scholarship was expanded over the years to include member countries of ASEAN, ASEAN+3, PIF countries, as well as many countries from all regions in the world. In the period of 2003 to 2017, the scholarship has been awarded to 776 alumni from 69 countries.

​​The IACS​ 2018 program is planned to be held for 100 days, from 17 March to 24 June 2018.

17-18 March 2018
DKI Jakarta
2Orientation Week and Outbound19 – 25 March 2018
DKI Jakarta dan Jawa Barat
3The Opening of IACS 2018 by Minister of Foreign Affairs
23 March 2018 (tbc)Pancasila Building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DKI Jakarta
Education and Training

26 March – 17 June 2018


Bali, Yogyakarta, East Java, South Sulawesi, West Sumatera dan East Kalimantan
  • Closing of IACS 2018 and​​​ Cultural Show “Indonesia Channel (Inchan)"
21 June 2018

​​Padang, West Sumatera or DKI Jakarta

  • Preparation periode for Inchan and farewell
18 – 22 June 2018
23 – 24 June 2018DKI Jakarta

Due to the limited space and the 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 selection process. Taken into considerations are, among others, the awardees' background, gender, regional representation and the interest to learn Indonesian culture.

In order to deepen the awardees' understanding of Indonesian arts and culture, and to enhance their skills for the final performance, awardees will be divided and assigned by the organising committee to different arts centers for the duration of approximately 3 (three) months. The arts centers are located in 6 (six) provinces, namely: Bali; West Sumatera; East Kalimantan; East Java; South Sulawesi and Yogyakarta.

The Government of Indonesia (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) shall bear all expenses for participants covering the cost of transporting economy-class international flight tickets, domestic flight tickets (round-trip) to study sites, full accommodation while in Indonesia (within the program), allowance (3 months), and health insurance (limited / standard).

Awardees will live within or around the arts center, allowing for the chance to experience the local heritage and interact with the local community. 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.

Please send the completed application to ​sec.consul@indoconsdarwin.org.au or shena@indoconsdarwin.org.au​ ​​no later than 5 January 2018.

Documents related can be downloaded below:​​


List of Eligible Countries.pdf

BSBI 2018 - Application Form.docx

Personal Statement BSBI 2018.doc