Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)

ADS application open June 16, 2008
ADS application close September 5, 2008

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are funded by the Government of Australia for postgraduate study at Australian universities. The main goal of ADS is to promote Indonesia's human resource capacity to contribute to:
Sustainable Growth and Economic Management;
Democracy, Justice and Good Governance;
Investing in People; and
Safety and Peace.

Scholarships have played a significant role in Australia's development cooperation program in Indonesia, with around 11,000 scholarships provided over more than 50 years. ADS continues to be a major component of the program with up to 270 scholarships offered in 2008/2009.
The off-shore component of the ADS Program is managed by IDP through an IDP established ADS Project Office in Jakarta to ensure efficient end effective administration of the ADS scheme in Indonesia.

Each year, the Australian Government sponsors people from a number of developing countries to study in Australia through Australian Development Scholarships (ADS). The Australian Development Scholarship program in Indonesia aims to promote private and public sector human resource development in areas of agreed development priority.

This is achieved by providing post-graduate scholarships for Indonesians to study in Australia and by working in close cooperation with the Indonesian Government to deliver a program which is flexible to Indonesia's human resource development needs

Consistent with the principles of AusAID's education and training policy (August 1996), the ADS program will be implemented to ensure : quality (of project personnel, fellows and procedures); transparency (of selection); equity and merit (in the awarding of fellowships); access (of beneficiaries to scholarship documentation and information); and consistency (in award administration).

The Main Objectives of ADS Program are:
To assist Indonesian public and private institutions meet identified institutional objectives and training needs through the provision of postgraduate education to selected staff;
To assist individuals to increase their capacity to contribute to Indonesian institutions and professions by the provision of postgraduate study opportunities in Australia;
To assist alumni of the ADS scheme to maintain and update their academic and professional skills;
To promote Indonesia and Australia's equity in development policies;
To deliver training that complements the human resource development goals outlined in AusAID's Indonesian country strategy paper; and
To select high quality candidates with the ability to succeed at tertiary study in Australia, with minimal extensions and contribute to Indonesia's development.

Number of Awards and Length

The number of ADS awards each year will depend on Australian government budget appropriations. In the 2008/2009 ADS cycle, 300 ADS scholarships are available for commencement in 2009/2010. The scholarships are allocated as follows:
Up to 50% of Masters awards will be offered in the Targeted Sector Category;
2/3 of all awards will be offered in the ‘Public Sector’ category;
1/3 of all awards will be offered in the ‘Open’ category;
An equal number of awards will be offered to men and women;
At least 30 percent of all scholarships will be awarded in line with geographic focus of the Country Program Strategy, with the percentage to be reviewed annually through the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC). The geographic focus will include East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, Papua, West Papua, and Aceh;
90 percent of awards at Masters level and 10 percent at Doctorate level (NB doctoral level study is only open to staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institute, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other organizations associated with AusAID activities.
Length of Study and Course Options

Scholarships will be available for full-time study of an Australian post-graduate qualification for the minimum period required to complete the award through the relevant Australian university, selected from AusAID contracted universities (normally a maximum of 2 years for Masters and 4 years for Doctorate). At the discretion of the Australian university, a percentage of a scholar’s Masters or Doctoral course may be undertaken in Indonesia through an arrangement put in place and managed by the Australian university. Scholars enrolled in research degrees can be funded to undertake fieldwork in Indonesia. Fieldwork proposals must be included in the original placement offer.

Areas Of Development Priority
Sustainable Growth and Economic Management: Improving economic policy and management, reducing constraints to growth in infrastructure and productivity, and improving natural resource management, environmental governance and response to climate change.
Democracy, Justice and Good Governance: Strengthening the capacity, accountability and responsiveness of legal, democratic and oversight institutions, and improving local government and public financial management.
Investing in People: Better quality, access and governance in education, and better health access and systems.
Safety and Peace: Improving responses to humanitarian needs, emergencies and vulnerability to disasters, and improving capacity to ensure transport security and to counter threats from transnational crime. .

Example Fields of Study

agribusiness; agriculture; aquaculture and fisheries; auditing; civil society; computer science and information technology/information management; communicable diseases; conflict resolution; decentralisation; development studies; disaster prevention and management; economics and economic management; education and training; education management and leadership; engineering; environmental law; environmental resource management; financial systems; forestry; gender equity; governance; health management; health services; HIV and AIDS, human resource development; human resource management; human rights; industrial development; industrial relations; infrastructure; international relations; international studies; international trade; labour policy; law, legal and judicial systems; maternal and child health, media studies; natural resource management; peace and conflict studies; political science and government; public administration; public expenditure management; public health; public sector reform; regional and community planning and development; science; tax reform; teacher training; trade and development; transnational crime; transportation management; urban and rural planning; water quality management; women and gender studies.

Candidates considering study for particular professions should note that ADS does not include the practical training period required for professional registration, e.g. medical internships, legal articles etc. Successful awardees are expected to complete such training in their own country.

Course and University Information

More information on major and Australian education institutions can be found on the internet at the following addresses: Study in Australia - and .

The Australian Education Centre operated by the Australian Government provides information to prospective Indonesian students on Australian education institutions. AEC offices address can be found on the internet at the following addresses or or the Commonwealth Register for Information on Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) at
AEC Jakarta : Ph. 021 – 522 9675 Fax. 021 – 521 3745
AEC Surabaya : Ph. 031 – 298 1324 Fax. 031 – 298 1325
AEC Medan : Ph. 061 – 451 7141 Fax. 061 – 451 7142
AEC Makassar : Ph. 0411 – 506 8681 Fax. 0411 – 582 255

Awardee Entitlement
Tuition Fees: Payment of full academic fees and other fees that are compulsory for all international students.
Introductory Academic Program: A 4-6 week IAP prior to the commencement of your postgraduate program.
Travel: A single economy class airfare to Australia via the most direct route is included and a single economy class airfare to Indonesia via the most direct route.
Establishment Allowance: A payment of $AUD5000 is made as a contribution towards initial expenses such as rental bond, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance etc.
Contribution to Living Expenses: A fortnightly CLE is paid. The yearly tax free rate of $23 008 is applicable in 2008 (from 1 July)
Overseas Student Health Cover: OSHC will be provided for the awardee to cover basic medical costs. At their own expense, awardees may purchase additional medical insurance to cover ancillary services such as dentist, orthodontist and optometrist. Awardees taking families need to pay for an upgrade of their OSHC to include family members.
School fees for children: Fees are covered by the State Government in each state of Australia.
Awardees are not Entitle to
Family members travel costs: Payment of full academic fees and other fees that are compulsory for all international students.
Additional school expenses: A 4-6 week IAP prior to the commencement of your postgraduate program.
OSHC for family members: A single economy class airfare to Australia via the most direct route is included and a single economy class airfare to Indonesia via the most direct route.
Extra medical expenses: A payment of $AUD5000 is made as a contribution towards initial expenses such as rental bond, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance etc.

ADS Category

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provide opportunities for Indonesians to study in Australia at POSTGRADUATE level. Two hundred and seventy scholarships are expected to be awarded in 2008 for commencement in 2008/2009. Candidates must undertake study in one of the four areas of development priority. In Indonesia, the Australian Development Scholarship program offered in three categories: "Public" sector, "Open" sector and "Targeted" category.

Public sector applicants are employees from Government departments, state universities and state-owned enterprises - including non-PNS employees. These applications must be approved by the training or foreign cooperation bureaus (BKLN) within their local or central agencies before being submitted.

Open sector applicants are individuals from private institutions (including private educational institutions) who may independently apply for a scholarship in this category. There may be some specific selection and eligibility criteria. No prior government approval is required for those applying in the Open category.

Public servants cannot apply in the Open category. Scholarships are for full-time study for a Masters or Doctorate degree from Australian tertiary institutions. The scholarship provides up to nine months full-time language and academic preparation in Indonesia. Students must achieve satisfactory results in this training to be able to continue their scholarships.Applications from women and candidates in provinces within the geographic focus of AusAID’s Country Strategy are encouraged.

Targeted category applicants are employed by agencies associated with AusAID projects or AusAID related activities, including government organizations, state owned enterprises, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and key state and private higher education institutions which service the training needs of these organizations. Suitable applicants will be identified through the assistance of a Human Resource Development (HRD) Consultant working with these target agencies . Their nomination must be facilitated through the Australian Team Leader (ATL) or the relevant representative of an AusAID activity. Up to 50% of all awards will be assigned to this category.

Application Requirements

Prior to applying for ADS, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria listed in the application form. (click the eligibility link to see the criteria)
After meeting all the eligibility criteria, applicants must complete the application form, answering all relevant questions and submit it in person, by post or by courier service to the ADS Office. Applications should be submitted as early as possible. If submitting by post or by courier your application must be received by date stamp no later than the closing date indicated in the application form. If your application is received after the closing date it will not be considered.

Following are points to be considered when submitting your application form:
Submit / send 3 (three) copies of the completed ADS application forms together with the required documents to the ADS office directly in person or via post or courier service;
Each copy of the application form should have attached certified* copies of the relevant documents listed below;
Applications with incomplete documentation will NOT be considered for a scholarship;
ADS will send a notification letter to all applicants after the selection process.

*Certified: a statement that the document is a true copy (legalisir cap asli), signed and dated by a magistrate or equivalent.

All applicants must attach copies of a certified transcript of academic record and copies of their certificate/degree. Copies of original documents are to be certified by your university or notaris, or an IDP Office. If you are applying for a Masters level course in business administration please attach your Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score result, if available.
To complete your application you will need to submit the following documents:
Essential documents

Have you included the following documents?
copies of birth certificate, KTP or your passport personal information pages;
current Curriculum Vitae;
official (certified) tertiary certificates/degrees;
official (certified) tertiary transcripts of results;
current certified IELTS or TOEFL English language test results (a test result obtained in 2007 or 2008 will be considered current). TOEFL prediction is also accepted;
Doctorate applicants must also attach certified S1 degree certificate/transcript;
Academic reference from S2 supervisor for Doctorate candidates; and
Doctorate and those Masters applicants whose study will include at least fifty percent research must attach an outline (1 page) of the proposed research project (see page 7 of application form) and include details of any proposed fieldwork outside of Australia that you could need to undertake as part of your research.

Additional Documents

Applicants must provide the following documents if they are selected for an interview.
recent photograph (3 x 4);
official (certified) English translations of Indonesian certificates/degrees;
official (certified) English translation of tertiary transcripts of results;
references from S1 supervisor for Masters candidates (if available);
list of relevant publications, unpublished theses (for research applicants);
statement from university that English is a language of instruction (if applicable); and
relevant correspondence with an Australian institution (if available).

In General, Candidates must :
Be an Indonesian citizen and not have permanent residence in Australia or New Zealand;
Not be married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence;
Satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (health, character etc);
Not hold a scholarship that would give similar benefits;
Not have held an Australian Government Scholarship in the 12 months preceding the application;
Be applying to commence a new course of study and not be seeking support through ADS for a course already commenced in Australia;
Be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered; and
Satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution in which the course is to be undertaken.

Specifically, Candidates must :
Be applying for courses that fall within the four areas of development priority (see page below);
Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a scale of maximum 4.0) and an English language proficiency of at least 5.0 in IELTS (or 500 in Institutional TOEFL or 170 in International TOEFL). The IELTS or TOEFL result must be current (a test result obtained in 2007 or 2008 will be considered current);
Already hold an undergraduate degree, if applying for a Masters;
Already have a Masters, if applying for a Doctorate;
Apply for a degree at a level higher than their current highest qualification;
If applying for a Doctorate, applicants must be staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institutes, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other agencies associated with AusAID activities. It is highly desirable for Doctorate applicants to have a letter of support from an Australian university for their proposed field of study;
Answer all relevant questions on the application form;
Be willing and available to take full-time (Monday - Friday, 08.00 - 16.00)English for Academic Purposes(EAP) training in Indonesia prior to studying in Australia, if offered a scholarship;
Be not older than 42 years old at time of application.

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laya said...

Oh i would be so honored if i will qualify for the ADS Awards....IELTS Training

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