In commitment to be a world class university, Universitas Gadjah Mada tries to provide the best possible access for international students in getting scholarship. Gadjah Mada International Fellowship Program scholarship is granted to selected students (Full-time Masters Degree, Dual/Double Degree Masters, Full-time Doctoral Program). This scholarship covers insurance, tuition fee, living allowance, theses and dissertation research, housing, etc. Besides in cooperating with Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture and other institution; UGM grants students KNB Scholarship, JICA AUN/Seed-Net, Darmasiswa Scholarship Program etc. We highly encourage prospective students from low-income countries to apply for this scholarship.

Indonesian Government

Type of Scholarship

KNB Scholarship

(Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education)

Darmasiswa Scholarship

(Ministry of Education and Culture)

Program Level

Graduate Programs (degree)

Undergraduate program (non-degree)


Potential students from developing countries

All international students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Bahasa, art and culture


Settlement allowance upon arrival, living allowance, research allowance, books allowance, health insurance, a round-trip international airfare

Monthly stipend; accommodation, transportation and settlement allowance during Orientation, legal permit arrangement, assistance from Host University in finding house/room

Further Information

Phone: (+62) 8129 178 2107



Beasiswa Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (Developing Country Partnership Scholarships), popularly known as KNB Scholarship, is a scholarship awarded to applicants coming from developing countries offered by the government of the Republic of Indonesia, mainly for Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degree. The scholarship, which is administered by the Ministry of Education and Culture's Directorate General of Higher Education, has been awarded to 1,290 students from 94 countries since 2008.

The KNB Scholarship has played a critical role in assisting Indonesian higher education institutions in their internationalization efforts. The number of scholarships offered each year has continued to rise in order to meet the growing number of applications from all over the world. The scholarship is also working to strengthen its links with reputable public and private universities across the country. Through this, the scholarship has helped Indonesian higher education institutions improve their quality in order to achieve the requirements of internationally renowned universities.

Sundas, a foreign student from Pakistan and recipient of the KNB scholarship, had great things to say about the scholarship. "Applying is super easy, the documents aren't really complicated," said Sundas on how simple the application process is. She also mentioned that information regarding the scholarship is readily available online. Sundas chose UGM due to the university's performance and the culture of Indonesia, stating that the latter is similar to her native country's (Pakistan) culture. She happily talked about how she enjoyed Indonesian culture. She was pleased with things ranging from the people to the cuisine.

Sundas encourages anyone interested to apply for the KNB scholarship as it was "a life changing and long lasting experience" for her. She said that applicants shouldn't worry about the language barrier as the Indonesian language is relatively simple to pick up. She also advised future recipients to explore the country as Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries in terms of culture, people, and education.

Application usually will start in February and will be closed around 3 months later. All application processes are conducted through KNB official website, Here’s the steps of application procedures:

  1. Download the Invitation Letter from the KNB Scholarship website;
  2. Submit the Invitation letter, Passport, Academic Certificates and Academic Transcripts to the Indonesian Embassy or Indonesian Consulate to acquire the Recommendation letter;
  3. Complete the online application process;
  4. Selection process;
  5. The Selection Results will be broadcasted online through the KNB Scholarship Website and officially announced through the Indonesian Embassy publication network.

Notes to be taken into consideration:

  1. We strongly suggest you to collect as much information as possible on the universities and your desired study program. Please be advised that once you are admitted, changing either the universities or your study program is strictly prohibited.
  2. The recommendation letter from the Indonesian Embassy is mandatory. The recommendation letter will be issued based on verification and necessary background and/or security checks conducted by the Indonesian Embassy. In case of no Indonesian official representative in your country, you need to obtain the letter from any Indonesian Embassy accredited to your country. 
  3. All the required documents have to be written or officially translated in English.
  4. The participants from English speaking countries are not automatically excluded from the requirement to attach the written prove of their English proficiency.
  5. The universities will be conducting the selection process that should include (if necessary) online interview with the potential candidates.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact:

Directorate General of Higher Education 

Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia 

Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Jakarta 10270

Phone : +6221 57946063 / Fax: +6221 57946062

Email :


Director of Public Diplomacy 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia 

Jalan Taman Pejambon No. 6, Jakarta 

Phone : +6221 3813480 / Fax: +6221 3858035 

You can also contact the university by visiting each university’s international office official website.


DARMASISWA is a scholarship program open to all international students from countries having diplomatic ties to Indonesia who wish to study Bahasa Indonesia, art, and culture. Participants can choose from a number of universities in Indonesia's various cities. The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) is organizing this program in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The program started in 1972 as part of the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) initiative, only admitting ASEAN students back then. The program was then extended in 1976 to students from countries outside ASEAN such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and USA. To date, the DARMASISWA program has 9110 participants from 135 countries over 72 colleges.

The application for DARMASISWA will start in early January and ends in early March. Each student has to fulfill these requirements as the follows:

  1. Must a foreign nationals
  2. Completed secondary education or its equivalent
  3. Minimum age 18 years and not older than 27 years of age
  4. Able to communicate in English (Proven by English Language Proficiency Certificate : TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS or OTHER CERTIFICATE if applicable)
  5. In good health as proven by Medical Certificate
  6. Have basic knowledge of the field you're applying
  7. Have good interest to learning about language, art and culture
  8. Not registered as Darmasiswa’s Alumni
  9. Not currently studying in Indonesia
  10. Not currently working in Indonesia

Must prepared documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae/resume
  2. Medical certificate
  3. Passport valid at least 24 months from the time of applying
  4. Recommendation Letter from Education Institution / Professional Institution on official letterhead and signature (in English)
  5. Latest academic transcript and certificates (in English)
  6. Language certificate (if applicable)
  7. Other certificates that related to the field you're applying (if applicable)
  8. Colored photo passport
  9. Writing essay about purpose of study (in English or Bahasa Indonesia maximum 500 words)
  10. The video showing full of body and has a maximum duration of 2 minutes to tell about the motivation to join the program and what will be done after the program, as an ambassador of Indonesian culture. (in English or Indonesian)

Universitas Gadjah Mada Scholarship

Type of Scholarship

Gadjah Mada International Fellowship

Program Level

Graduate Programs (degree)


Potential international students from countries around the world


Health insurance, tuition fee, living allowance, theses and dissertation research, housing, etc.

Further Information


The Gadjah Mada International Fellowship (GMIF) program is a fellowship program offered by Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) to international students from ASEAN member nations (except Indonesia), South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and other countries who can demonstrate financial need.

This program focuses on full-time, dual-degree Master's and Doctoral degrees through coursework and research. The goal of the GMIF program is to promote outstanding academic performers who want to pursue a Master's or Doctoral degree in any relevant and agreed-upon topic. Researchers, politicians, and professionals with specific expertise will be given priority in the application.

Leandro, a Columbian student and the recipient of the GMIF scholarship, shared his experiences with the scholarship. Leandro chose UGM after hearing about the university from a friend. He discovered the scholarship after browsing UGM's website, specifically in the funded section. Leandro had three things in mind when choosing universities which are the quality of education, being in a country that can help him enter the network of countries in OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), and having to speak a foreign language. During his study, Leandro joined programs hosted by OIA in which he enjoyed. "Even with the limitations of the pandemic, I can still enjoy the culture of Indonesia," answered Leandro about his experience in Indonesia.

For anyone interested in applying for the GMIF scholarship, Leandro recommends having a good mix of common sense, ability to organize, passion, and having ideas. "In interviews you need to stress what you want; if you have any ideas for research then you must study in advance," said Leandro. Having these traits in mind can help any of us when planning to apply for any scholarships.

GMIF has two scholarship programs:

  1. GMIF Partial Coverage Scholarship

This type of scholarship is offered to international students coming from any of the above-mentioned countries. To be awarded this scholarship, recipients must be aware of their obligation to partially cover the cost associated with their study and living during their study.

  • Waived tuition fee (2 semesters for Double Degree Program, 4 semesters for Master Program)
  • 1 semester for Indonesian Language Program/ INCULS (Blended learning system) only for those who enroll in the INCULS Program
  • A round-trip international airfare (direct economy class)
  • Health insurance during the fellowship program
  • Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) during the fellowship program
  • Thesis research fund of Rp10.000.000 for Master Program
  • Students must cover their own living expenses during studies in Indonesia. The average cost
    of living expenses in Yogyakarta is US210
  1. GMIF Full Coverage Scholarship

This type of scholarship is offered to international students coming from Asia, Africa, Latin America, The Pacific, Middle East, and East Europe.

  • Waived tuition fee (2 semesters for Double Degree Program, 4 semesters for Master Program, and 6 semesters for Doctoral Program)
  • Living allowance expenses according to Yogyakarta rate
    • 1 semester for Indonesian Language Program/ INCULS (Blended learning system) only for those who enroll in the INCULS Program
    • 4 semesters for Master Program
    • 6 semesters for the Doctoral Program
  • A round-trip international airfare (direct economy class)
  • Health insurance during the fellowship program
  • Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) during the fellowship program
  • Thesis research fund of Rp10.000.000 for Master Program and Rp15.000.000 for Doctoral Program
  • Student Dormitory

Application for both Master and Doctorate degree programs will start in November and end in December.


  1. Must be accepted for admission to the master program or doctoral program (regular, taught in Bahasa Indonesia) in UGM for the 2021/2022 academic year (start in August 2021)
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree for master program applicant or master’s degree for doctoral program applicant in Engineering, Science, Medicine/Health, Geography, Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Science, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and Humanity, or related fields
  3. Excellent bachelor’s degree academic record (GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 GPA scale or any other documents proving candidates adequate academic qualification) for master program applicants
  4. Good proficiency in English (TOEFL score of at least 400 for applying for Master Degree or 450 for applying for Doctoral Program
  5. Dissertation proposal for doctoral program applicant
  6. Provide supporting documents required

How to Apply

All application are conducted online at the UGM admission system ( by filling and uploading the following documents:

  1. Color scan of passport
  2. Color scan of the passport cover
  3. Official passport-sized photograph
  4. Copy of academic records and graduation certificate
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Good health statement from the applicant’s doctor
  7. Proof of English proficiency (ITP TOEFL, IBT TOEFL or IELTS)
  8. Personal statement (download template from this website)
  9. Motivation letter
  10. Two academic references
  11. Dissertation proposal for doctoral program applicant

Scholarship Testimony