Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many alumni have gone on to hold positions of influence, have made significant contributions to Indonesia's development and have helped build strong people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. High-profile alumni include cabinet ministers Professor Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, and State Secretary Professor Pratikno.
The Australia Awards is the largest and longest-running international scholarship program in Indonesia. Three hundred postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships have been offered to Indonesians for study in Australia in 2017, preceded by pre-departure English language training in Indonesia. Australia Awards are allocated through a highly competitive, merit-based process agreed between Australia and Indonesia. In addition, around 500 short-term awards will be offered in 2017 to future Indonesian leaders who want to develop new skills and increase their networks through tailored short courses at Australian tertiary institutions.
Not only do Australia Awards Scholarships provide Indonesians with a world-class qualification, the overall experience that recipients gain while in Australia is invaluable in fostering people-to-people links and enhancing Australian-Indonesian relations. In addition, leading Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia (and PNG) may be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize, awarded to outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders, or a Hadi Soesastro Prize, awarded to PhD recipients from Indonesia who are undertaking high-level research at an Australian university.
Engagement with alumni (including those that self-funded their study) upon their return to Indonesia continues to be a priority for the program. The aim is to foster a stronger alumni network in Indonesia, and a network of advocates for Australia, particularly on the world-class quality of an Australian education.