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6 Australian and New Zealand scholarships for Indonesian students – 2023

What’s up, scholarship hunters? 

In today’s article, we’ll talk about Australian and New Zealand scholarships that are available to Indonesian students in 2023! 

Australia and New Zealand have an internationally recognized educational system. Multiple universities in Australia and New Zealand are ranked in the world’s top 100 universities year after year in Times Higher Education and QS Ranking. So, you can be sure that in these two countries, you will get the best education possible!

International students in Australia and New Zealand also enjoy a high standard of living! That’s right, Australia and New Zealand are very safe places to live, with great cities and plenty of public transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, and government services. Of course, there’s also a great deal of fun to have too! Whether you’re into the great outdoors or city slicker, there’s always something for you!

Last but certainly not least, most courses in Australia and New Zealand offer internship or work experience opportunities for international students! Possessing Australian or New Zealand qualifications will make you very appealing to employers in Australia, your home country, and around the world! 

With all these reasons, it’s easy to see why Australia and New Zealand are popular choices for Indonesian students and other students from around the world! 

So, what scholarship options are available for you? Continue reading this article to find out! 

1. LPDP Scholarships 

When Indonesians think about university scholarships, the first thing that comes to mind is LPDP! This government funded scholarship lets you study for a graduate or postgraduate degree in Indonesia or abroad, including in Australia and New Zealand. 

However, keep in mind that for certain universities, LPDP only covers specific courses. There are two reasons behind this policy: 1. Certain universities are well known for specific fields of study, and 2. Indonesia has a particular skill shortage in certain areas. 

Not only does LPDP cover your tuition fees, it also covers your living expenses, not only yours but also your family members (this just includes your wife/husband and children, don’t bring your entire extended family abroad!). You and your family will also be provided with health insurance! 

Of course, you will be obligated to return to Indonesia upon finishing your study. As can be understood from LPDP’s mission: “Prepare Indonesia’s future leaders and professionals through education funding” – you are expected to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve learned for the betterment of Indonesia. 

So, are you ready to develop the nation?

This year, the first LPDP intake is from January to June of 2023, and the second intake is open from June to November 2023. Don’t miss it! 

What about the English proficiency requirement?

It varies! Different universities ask for different English proficiency scores. Even the same university can have different requirements for different study programs. However, it generally falls between 6.5 – 7.0 IELTS band score. You can take other English proficiency tests as well but IELTS is a good benchmark for our discussion. 

What makes it tricky is that some universities may ask for 7.0 overall score with no less than 7.0 band scores for each skill. It means that even if you get 7.5 overall score but your writing score is 6.0, you’re still ineligible to study in that university! 

Some of you might not be familiar with IELTS! But don’t worry, in this article, we explain all about IELTS in detail! So, be sure to give it a read! 

For more information regarding the LPDP application, click the link below.


2. Australia Award Scholarship 

The Australia Award Scholarship is a scholarship funded by the government of Australia for students from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia. There are 4 scholarship options offered: Ph.D., Masters, Split-site Masters, and Short Courses. 

There are several requirements you need to meet in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Indonesian students must have a GPA (in Indonesia known as IPK) of 2.9 for the master’s program and 3.0 for the Ph.D program. You also need to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement – 6.0 for master’s and 6.5 for Ph.D. Some programs accept TOEFL scores – 552 for Master’s and 570 for Ph.D.

What’s the difference between IELTS and TOEFL? You can read more about it here. 

The Australia Award Scholarship covers your tuition and you will also be given a stipend to cover your living expenses. You have the option to bring your family, however, you have to pay for their flight tickets. If you don’t bring any dependents, you will get one round trip ticket per year to meet your family back home. 

This year, applications are open from February 1st 2023 to June 1st 2023 so better prepare your documents so you can apply in time! 

For more information about the Australia Award Scholarship application, click the link below.


3. Monash International Scholarship 

If you want to get a Master’s or Doctorate degree at Monash University, you might be eligible to get a fully funded scholarship and have your living costs paid for. You will get around $30,000 AUD/year for living costs as well as $1,500 AUD for covering your relocation expenses. 

To be considered for this scholarship, you need: 

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Academic transcript and bachelor’s degree certificate (to apply for master’s) or master’s certificate (to apply for doctoral degree)
  • Proof of citizenship (Australia and New Zealand permanent residents and citizens are not permitted to apply) 
  • Research proposal 
  • Proof of English proficiency (the minimum IELTS score is either 6.5 or 7.0 depending on your chosen program) 

The first application period is open from September 1st to March 31st and the second application period is open from April 1st to August 31st. 

Want to learn more about this scholarship and other scholarships offered by Monash University? Click the link below


4. Australia Award Scholarship via Hadi Soesastro & Allison Sudradjat Prize

These two prestigious scholarships are managed under the Australia Award Scholarship, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and are given for master’s and doctoral studies. These scholarships were funded to strengthen the bilateral ties between Australia and Indonesia. 

Female applicants, applicants with disabilities, and applicants from the Geographic Focus Area (namely Aceh, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, Papua, West Papua, Maluku, and North Maluku) are very encouraged to apply and will be heavily considered for the prizes. 

These scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance, flight tickets, and fieldwork expenses for courses that require it. 

To be considered for these scholarships, you must:

  • Have a GPA (IPK) of 2.9 or higher
  • Have a TOEFL score of at least 525 or an IELTS score of at least 5.5 for master’s
  • Have a TOEFL score of 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 for Ph.D
  • Ph.D applicant must have a letter of support from an Australian university for their chosen course of study and must have finished a master’s degree with 25% research component

For more information regarding the Hadi Soesastro & Allison Sudradjat Prize, click the link below.


5. Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship 

The Manaaki Scholarship is offered by the government of New Zealand for citizens of Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This scholarship is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Applicants of postgraduate program must have working experience in related fields for at least one year if full time or two years if part time. 

Apart from covering tuition fees, you will also get a living expenses contribution which is paid weekly. Applications are open starting in February 2023 for the 2024 academic year. 

As with other scholarships, you must provide proof of English proficiency with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for undergraduate programs and 6.5 for postgraduate programs. 

For more information about the Manaaki New Zealand scholarship, click the link below. 


6. ADB Japan Scholarship Program

As a member of the Asian Development Bank, Indonesia’s citizens are eligible to receive the ADB Scholarship program, funded by the government of Japan. For those intending to study in New Zealand, the ADB Scholarship offers scholarships at the University of Auckland for master’s degrees in the following courses:

  • Master of Public Health 
  • Master of Science (environmental science) 
  • Master of Arts (development studies) 
  • Master of Engineering 

This scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, and flight tickets. Keep in mind that this scholarship does not cover the living expenses of family members. So, if you want to bring your family with you, you have to cover the cost. 

To be considered for this scholarship, you have to:

  • Have at least 2 years of work experience in relevant field 
  • Be no more than 35 years old at the time of application 
  • Have an IELTS score of at least 6.5

The application period is now open until July 21, 2023. The chosen awardees will be announced in November 2023. 

For more information about the ADB Japan Scholarship Program, click the link below. 



In this article, we talked about 6 scholarships you can apply for to study in Australia or New Zealand! As can be seen from the explanation above, you must possess proof of English proficiency to be considered for these scholarships. 

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