Scholarships to Indonesia for Master's and doctoral students

Kemitraan Negara Berkembang Scholarship, popularly known as KNB Scholarship, is a financial assistance offered by the Indonesian Government to prospective international students coming from developing countries to pursue their master’s degree in one of Indonesian universities. 

The scholarship was conceived in the 10th Conference of Heads of States of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries, 1 –6 September 1992. The Government of the Republic of Indonesia began to offer the scholarship to potential students from NAM member countries in the following year.

The regional exclusiveness of the scholarship was revoked in 2002 since it had developed global interest. It was then the scholarship was officially renamed as Kemitraan Negara Berkembang Scholarship (KNB) and the recipients were no longer limited to NAM member countries. To date, the scholarship has also been offered to other developing countries in Asia, Pacific, South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Eventually, the scholarship is expected to build the people-to-people relations between Indonesia and the recipient countries. It aims at nurturing their future leaders.

KNB Scholarship at ITS Surabaya is provided for Master and Doctorate Program. This scholarship has been attractive for many applicants from developing countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, and Asia. All academic programs (lectures and thesis/dissertation) will be conducted in Indonesian.

Scholarship Coverage

A Settlement Allowance will be given to new students upon their arrival in Indonesia;

Tuition fee in BIPA Program and academic program as long as the duration of the scholarship;

During BIPA and academic program, the KNB students will receive a monthly living allowance upon their arrival in Indonesia as long as KNB students living in Indonesia during the duration of the scholarship;

During BIPA and academic program, the KNB students will receive monthly research and book allowance upon their arrival in Indonesia during their duration scholarship;

A health insurance with a maximum of IDR 400,000 monthly premium (In case of the cost of medical services exceeds those covered by the health insurance, the difference should be borne by the student);

A round-trip international airfare (economy class) from the international airport of the student’s home country to Indonesia, including local transport to the host university.

*All scholarship coverage is meant for a single person only. KNB does not provide a family allowance.

**ITS only provides tuition waiver for 5 KNB doctorate degree positions.

More information:

Program Details

Master Program

Doctorate Program

Study Period

1 year of Indonesian Language Program (merger with 4 months of Preparatory Program)

24 months (4 semesters) of Master Program


The maximum age to apply for the scholarship is 35 years old.

Hold a bachelor’s degree (please provide the scanned degree certificate and academic transcripts in English). Please be advised that a master’s degree holder is not eligible to apply for the Master’s Degree scholarship.

Have a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Have at least an IBT TOEFL score of 80, or IELTS score of 6.0, or a TOEIC score of 700 (the certificate must be obtained within the last 2 Years).Participants of foreign nationality who come from  English-speaking countries, or participants from universities who are enrolled in programs in English (stated in participant diploma/transcript), are not required to submit the  English  Proficiency document,  by attaching official proof from their home university.

Provide the recommendation letter to apply for the KNB scholarship from the Indonesian Embassy or the Indonesian Consulate General.

Provide a recommendation letter to apply for the KNB scholarship from the employer/immediate supervisor.

Provide Academic Recommendation letters from previous schools.

Prove of citizenship (Official Passport or Personal ID).

Complete the online application form.

More information here.

Submitted by: Andrej Brník
Responsible person: Mgr. Nikoleta Vanková, MBA.
Source: Oddelenie medzinárodných vzťahov
Inserted: 25.1.2024