2019 Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship

Indonesian government has decided to include Portugal as one of the country recipients in the program called Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS). Any eligible Portuguese can take this opportunity to learn about Indonesian culture, through the learning of dance, music, crafts and many other forms of arts including languages. The programme has an objective to encourage better understanding amongst participants from 74 countries to experience Indonesia's immensely diverse arts and cultural heritage.


The non-degree arts and culture scholarship is offered for three months period of time, starting on 7 April to 16 July 2019.

The scholarship will cover:

  1. Tuition fee (including extra-curricular activities)
  2. A round trip economy class ticket
  3. Accommodation (board and lodging)
  4. Local transportation during program
  5. Health insurance (limited). All awardees are advised to have their own health insurance
  6. Monthly allowance of Rp. 2.000.000

Terms and conditions:

1.     Candidates should be a single, between the ages of 21 to 27 years-old with at least a high school diploma

2.     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 mentally/psychologist 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 and submit it along with the followings:

  • ​A motivation letter
  • A passport-sized photograph
  • A photo-copy of passport with validity period at least two years
  • 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
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A personal signed statement declaring some conditions

7.     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


For Portuguese applicants. the scanned application documents should be sent to lisabon.pensosbud@kemlu.go.id no more than 1 November 2018. Candidate should submit the hard copies of application documents during the interview stage.

Download application form and other documents


2 November 2018 - Announcement of the participants who passed to the interview stage

5 and 6 November 2018 - Interview at the Embassy of the Republic Indonesia in Lisbon

1 1 November 2018 – Submission of the candidates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia

Contact details:

Specific questions regarding the application process may be addressed via email lisabon.pensosbud@kemlu.go.id

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