2016 INDONESIAN ARTS AND CULTURE SCHOLARSHIP
(8 May – 21 August 2016)
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
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 2015, the
scholarship has been awarded to 658 alumni from 60 countries.
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 4 (four) cities, namely:
Denpasar, Bali; Makassar, South Sulawesi; Surabaya, East Java and
Padang, West Sumatera.
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
The program serves to demonstrate Indonesia’s commitment as an
initiator of the establishment of South West Pacific Dialogue and as the
originator member of ASEAN in advancing the social culture cooperation
in the region. The program also has an objective to encourage better
understanding amongst participants from member countries through
Indonesia’s immensely diverse arts and cultural heritage. Finally, the
programme aims to cultivate a culture of cooperation, emerging from
direct contact and sharing of cultures amongst people involved in the
program, leading to thriving diplomatic relations in the region and
Awardees of the 2016 IACS will be targeted from many countries:
member countries of ASEAN, ASEAN + 3, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Dialog
Partners, ASEAN + European Union, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation,
Asia-Europe Meeting, Melanesian Spearhead Group and members of South
West Pacific Dialog as the original participants of Indonesian Arts and
The non-degree arts and culture scholarship is offered for three months period of time, starting on 8 May to 21 August 2016.
After 1 (one) week of orientation/introduction of the program in
Jakarta, awardees are given the art center designated for them by the
organizing committee on the basis of their motivation, interests,
gender, regional dispersion etc. Decision of the designated arts center
is subject to the discretion of the organizing committee.
F. LIST OF COURSES
Basically, all awardees will learn about Indonesian arts and culture
in general while their staying in the art centers. However, some of the
the courses will be different in each arts center depending on the local
arts and culture. For example, In Surabaya, the awardees will learn
Javanese art and culture such as the process of batik and its
significance; karawitan; traditional Javanese dance; and Javanese
language. In Bali, the awardees will learn Balinese art and culture,
namely Balinese dance and gamelan. In Surabaya, they will learn East
Javanese arts and cultures including Madurese Gamelan. Meanwhile, in
Makassar, the awardees will learn the Sulawesi arts and culture, as well
as the local language.
Each arts centre will also arrange special visit to several
historical places as well as renowned tourist destinations for awardees.
Prior to their residency at arts centres, awardees should participate
in one week orientation in Jakarta and will learn issues such as the
Aim and Objectives of the Scholarship; Introduction to Indonesian
Culture; Indonesian contemporary arts and cultures, Information about
the activities and curriculum offered by the art centers, etc.
awardees will perform in an arts and cultural night titled “Indonesia
Channel” to remark the closing of the scholarship program. The
“Indonesia Channel” is scheduled to be held on 19 August 2016. Awardees
will return to their respective countries on the following days.
G. SCHOLARSHIP COVERAGE
The scholarship will cover:
• Tuition fee (including extra-curricular activities);
• A round trip economy class ticket;
• Accommodation (board and lodging);
• Local transportation during program;
• Health insurance (limited). All awardees are advised to have their own health insurance.
• Monthly allowance of Rp. 1.500.000,-.
H. APPLICATION SUBMISSION
For Indonesian applicants, the application form could be sent to:
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Directorate of Public Diplomacy
Tower Building, 12th Floor
Jl. Taman Pejambon No. 6
For foreign applicants, the application form must be sent to:
The Embassy/Consulate General of Indonesia in respective countries
applications should be received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Indonesia/Embassies/Consulates on 20 January 2016, at the latest.
I. TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Candidates should be a single, between the ages of 21 to 30 years-old with at least a high school diploma;
Candidates should possess high interest and talent in arts. Arts
students or those with an academic history on Indonesian culture are
encouraged to apply;
3. Bearing in mind the intensity of the
program, candidates are highly advised to ensure prime physical
conditions, particularly for female candidates to ensure that they do
not conceive prior and during the program;
4. Participants must arrive in Indonesia a day before the Orientation Program.
5. Participants must follow the whole program, including orientation program and Indonesian Channel.
6. Candidates must complete the application form (attached) and submit it along with the followings:
1) A Motivation Letter;
2) 3 (three) passport-sized photographs;
3) A photo-copy of passport with validity period at least two years;
4) A photo-copy of academic diploma;
A photo-copy of the latest valid health certification from a qualified
medical practitioner. On the day of leaving the origin country,
participants should equipped themselves with a valid health
certification from a qualified medical practitioner;
6) A letter of recommendation;
7) A personal signed statement declaring the following:
a. the willingness to be subject to Indonesian laws and regulations during his/her stay in Indonesia;
b. the willingness to follow all the rules and regulations set up by the organizing committee and art centers;
the willingness to accept the facilities provided by the organizing
committee and arts centers and stay at the designated accommodations;
d. not to work or be employed for financial benefits during the program;
e. the willingness to follow the travel arrangements arranged by the organizing committee;
the willingness to participate in all the program arranged by the
organising committee and art centers, unless, during the program,
declared unfit by a qualified medical practitioner;
g. the willingness to leave Indonesia after the closing ceremony, at a date determined by the organizing committee.
The willingness to pay penalty and to finance my own travel expenses,
should I withdraw my participation during the course of the program.
The programme will include Indonesian language lesson. A mastery (be
it minimum) in Bahasa Indonesia will be an advantage for candidates, but
is not a main criterion for the programme, meanwhile basic skill in
English is compulsory.
J. CONTACT DETAILS
For further information, please send email to:
BSBI 2016 - Application Form.docx
Personal Statement BSBI 2016.doc