KNB Scholarship Program

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About KNB Program

The Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Scholarship is a financial assistance offered by the Indonesian Government to International students coming from developing countries to pursue their master degree in Indonesian Universities. Initially, the idea of offering scholarships by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia for the student coming from the NAM member countries was mandated in the 10th Conference of Heads of States of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries commenced in Bandung from 1st – 6th September 1992. Following that mandate, in 1993 the Government of the Republic of Indonesia started offering postgraduate (master degree) scholarships to students from the NAM member countries.

Since 2002, due to the substantial change in the international political constellation, the use of the term “NAM” in this program was considered irrelevant. The program name then changed to Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (Developing Countries Partnership) Scholarship or KNB Scholarship. Consequently, the program have been widely offered to students, not only to the NAM member countries, but also to other developing countries such as Thailand, Fiji, Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Madagascar, Suriname, Pakistan, Guyana, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Vanuatu.

The Indonesian government realizes that higher education could compose a more constructive role in helping such a country to achieve a long-term socio-economic goal as it has a clear and practical impact on society. We are convinced that it can promote responsible citizens, ethical behavior, educational ambition, professional development in a broad range of fields, and even cross border engagement. And as part of our commitment to help our international society surviving the global social and economic challenges, sharing our  experience and resources in nurturing highly skilled and educated society has become our primary approach to contribute in the human resources development in our neighboring developing countries. The developing countries certainly need leaders, well-mannered society, educated citizens, and skilled workers for their industry, government, and academia. In this respect, the KNB scholarship offered by the Indonesian government provides the opportunity for potential students in developing countries to develop their knowledge and competencies that will subsequently enhance their chances to fulfill those roles back in their home countries. The KNB scholarship opens the opportunity to experience life in the culturally most diverse nation in the world while studying and earning a master degree.

 The scholarship is offered to potential students from developing countries to earn their Master Degree at one of 16 prominent universities in Indonesia. In 2015, the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia took over the KNB Scholarship management. Some improvements have been made to better the scholarship management, both administratively and operationally. There are a couple of significant adjustments have been made so far: the scholarship coverage and quota were expanded and 2 prominent Universities were added to host the program (it makes a total of 16 host Universities).
The Program Objectives:
  • To contribute in the human resource development in the developing countries;
  • To promote deeper cultural understanding among developing countries;
  • To strengthen the relationship and cooperation among developing countries.


  1. Download the Invitation Letter (Availableinthe KNB Scholarship website);
  2. Submit the Invitation letter, Passport, Academic Certificates and Academic Transcripts to the Indonesian Embassy to acquire the recommendation letter;
  3. Complete the online application process;
  4. Selection process.  The Selection Results will be announced online via the KNB Scholarship Website and   officially announced through the Indonesian Embassy publication network;

Scholarship Coverage:

  1.  A Settlement Allowance of IDR 1,500,000 will be given to new students upon their arrival in Indonesia;
  2. While taking the Indonesian language course and preparatory programs, the newstudentswill only receive a Living Allowance of IDR2,750,000 per month
  3. During the Master Program, the KNB students will receive a scheme of monthly allowance as detailed below:
    • Living Allowance IDR 2,750,000
    • Research Allowance IDR 400,000
    • Books Allowance IDR 350,000
  4. A health insurance with a maximum of IDR 200,000 monthly premium (In case of the cost of medical services  exceeded to those covered by the health insurance, the difference should be borne by the student);
  5. A round-trip international airfare (economy class) from the international airport of the student’s home countries to Indonesia, including local transport to the host university;
  6. The duration of scholarship is exclusively correlated to the duration of the academic program as indicated below:
    • Indonesian Language course and Master Preparatory Program  {Duration: Maximum 12 Month}
    • Master Program {Duration: Maximum 24 months (4 semester)}
    • Bachelor Program {Duration : Maximum 48 months (8 semester)
      • The scholarship is paid for 12 calendar months each academic year during the normal period of study, except the last academic year of the normal period of study when the scholarship is paid for 8months. Please be advised that in case of early program completion, all scholarships payment willbe stopped by the time the awardee set off for home (returning to home country).
  7. Please be advised that the KNB Scholarship is calculated to support the KNB Student costs only. There is no provision for dependents. KNB Students are advised not to bring dependents to Indonesia. The KNB Scholarship provides no financial or pastoral support for dependants and will not endorse the visa applications of, nor provide travel for, dependants.

* Note:   Other expenses beside above mentioned items will be considered as personal expenses and will be borne by the students.

Learning Process:

  1. Language instruction in lectures is recommended in Bahasa Indonesia;
  2. Thesis should be written in Bahasa Indonesia unless the university suggested otherwise;
  3. Research should be carried out in Indonesia.

Important dates :

  1. The online application process must be completed no later than 20th ,2020.
  2. The selection result will be announced on the 1st week of June 2020.
  3. The confirmation deadline is on July 6th, 2020
  4. The students are expected to arrive in Jakarta on August 5th, 2020.


Online Application & More Information



  1. Directorate General of Higher Education Ministry of Educationand Culture of the Republic of Indonesia
    • Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Jakarta 10270
    • Phone: +6221 57946063/ Fax: +6221 57946062
  2. Director of Public Diplomacy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
    • Jalan Taman Pejambon No. 6, Jakarta
    • Phone: +6221 3813480/ Fax: +6221 3858035


KNB Program at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta



Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta provide KNB Program for Master Degree Only,

  1. Master of Business Administration

  2. Master of Civil Engineering

  3. Master of Law

  4. Master of Informatics

  5. Master of Architecture (Digital)

  6. Master of Communication





More Information :

Partnership and Promotion Office of Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

Partnership Affairs

Thomas Aquinas Bld., Jalan Babarsari No. 44 Yogyakarta 55281 , Indonesia

Phone : +62-27-487711 Ext. 2111/ 2113

Mobile Phone : +62-85228892424

Fax : +62-274-48748

Email :



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