EducationUSA Mentorship Program

There are a number of sources of funding for international students. Most need-based scholarships in America are funded by the government or by sources that limit it to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens (Green Card holders). As a result, foreign students have fewer financial aid options than their American peers.


So if you need scholarships, your best options are:


  • Indonesian government scholarships like LPDP
  • United States government scholarships such as Fulbright
  • Private organizations with offers for your area of study or specifically for Indonesia
  • Individual colleges with scholarships for Indonesian students


Usually, the colleges and universities in the U.S. have their own financial aid website. From there, you can obtain information on whether your desired school provides scholarship or other forms of financial aid to non-U.S. students as well as the terms and conditions to apply for such financial aid.



As an international student you have fewer options to apply for scholarships than American citizens or green card holders. That makes your search somewhat easier, but you can still do it – search sites, Indonesian government programs, talk to specific schools. Don’t be afraid to email and call people in institutes, schools and offices. You will not get it if you don’t ask.



United States Government


USAID: USAID is a key source of U.S. government funding. the most successful of all USAID programs in Indonesia is Participant Training, which has provided scholarship opportunities to study in the U.S. for 45 years. Through it, more than 11,000 students have obtained Masters and PhD degrees in the U.S.


Fulbright: The Fulbright Program is the US government’s scholarship which in  Indonesia is administered by the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), It awards more than 120 scholarships to Americans and Indonesians every year.


Check the site of the U.S. Embassy.for scholarship information.


USAID Scholarship



USAID’s Program to Extend Scholarships to Achieve Sustainable Impacts (PRESTASI) is extended to Indonesian citizens who wish to continue their study in the U.S. This scholarship focuses on the following fields of study:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment and economy; and
  • Democracy and Government.


To apply for this scholarship, you may download the application form from their website.



Scholarships from Indonesian Government

Below are several scholarships provided by the Indonesian Government:


LPDP Scholarship from the Ministry of Finance


The LPDP is an education fund management institute under the Ministry of Finance, which funds graduate and post-graduate studies in Indonesia and abroad. This scholarship is granted to Indonesian citizens who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university in Indonesia. For more information on the terms and conditions, click here.

The application for the LPDP scholarship is conducted online. Click here for more details on the selection schedule for the LPDP scholarship.

Beasiswa Unggulan Luar Negeri from the Ministry of Education


The Ministry of Education also grants scholarships for Indonesian students who wish to continue their study abroad for undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies.


The Indonesian government is increasingly investing in the education of Indonesian studying overseas. Please see the following links:

Indonesian International Education


Useful links:



Expensive schools may be cheaper to attend because of strong financial aid programs. The biggest mistake students and families make is to dream too small, or not to dream. You could get more aid than you may think There are no guarantees and every college is different but you have to try.  If you are a strong applicant, you can also negotiate with different schools to get the best offer.



Research, listen and talk


Your best options are to talk to people and do your own web-search. This is what takes time and this is why you need to start far ahead of time. Scholarship search web sites speed up your research. Register with a many as possible but focus on the ones offered to international students.


Don’t forget to check periodically with EducationUSA worldwide sites. And don’t forget to ask and contact people with questions. If you see a scholarship from a university or any other source on a specific theme or topic but it doesn’t precisely fit your case, do not be afraid to contact the source and ask more questions. Don’t just ask “what scholarship I can get?” Give them a bit of background and be prepared. People will reward you with attention and information more if they see you have done some research.


You can for example say: “I come from __________. I am interested in _________. Here is what I can afford. I know of ___________ but are there other possible ways to fund my study?”


Here are a couple of useful sites. Some of them focus more on undergraduate while others on Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Some have search options that help you filter information right away.



The Mentorship Program workshop on scholarships comes after the workshops on school lists and essay, even though we know many students would like that to be the first workshop.


The reason for this is that once you have honed your focus and made your university list, you can contact the universities on the basis of that list, or the specific departments there and ask them what scholarships they have. These will differ from college to college. This may even be a deciding factor in your final choice for schools.

January 22, 2015

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