Get the language skills, cultural capabilities and networks you need to take advantage of significant opportunities in the Indonesian market.

Study Bahasa Indonesia at the University of Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, or Indonesia University of Education/Pendidikan University (UPI) in Bandung.

Why Indonesia?

  • Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is estimated to be the world’s 4th largest economy by 2050.
  • A growing middle-class in developing second and third-tier cities are driving demand for high-quality goods and services.
  • E-commerce is playing a major role in Indonesia’s rapidly changing economy. Home to a number of Unicorns, Traveloka, Go-Jek, Bukalapak and Tokopedia, the sector was worth over 27 Billion USD in 2018.
  • Significant opportunities exist for Victorian industries in the areas of education and vocational training, digital, smart cities, infrastructure, food and healthcare.
  • The Jakarta Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) Office assists Victorian organisations to tap into these opportunities, supporting trade and investment between Victoria and Indonesia.



  • A bustling megalopolis, Indonesia’s capital and the country’s political, economic and cultural centre.
  • The city provides excellent opportunities for Hamer Scholars to network with the business community and engage in VGTI activities.


  • Indonesia’s artistic and intellectual city known for its strong Javanese cultural heritage. The ideal city for applicants seeking to grow their networks in the creative industries.
  • In 2016, the Victorian Government signed a MoU to increase bilateral cooperation between Victoria and the Indonesian Special Region of Yogyakarta.


  • Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and only two hours from Jakarta by road. A great location for applicants wanting to throw themselves into urban Indonesian life.
  • The city of 2.5 million people offers a pace of life somewhat slower than in Jakarta and is known for its universities, fashion and food as the ‘Paris of Java’.


To be eligible for consideration for the scholarship candidates must be:

  • aged 21 or above during the time of submitting the application
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents (residents of Victoria only)
  • willing to study a language at nominated institution, for at least five months
  • not in receipt of any other language study grant, funding or scholarship
  • preference will be given to those already in the workforce.


Selection criteria:

  • candidate has provided a clear study plan, study timeline and outline how funds will be spent
  • candidate has provided a compelling case outlining how the scholarship will benefit their future study and/or career path and organisation through not only increasing language skills but developing partnerships and networks. While the Hamer Scholarships program is a language study scholarship there is an expectation that recipients will also seek to further their professional in-country networks
  • candidate has provided a compelling case outlining how, by undertaking the scholarship, this will benefit Victoria
  • candidate has provided evidence of being able to cope in a foreign environment
  • candidate has demonstrated a clear commitment to using the language skills in the future
  • candidate must demonstrate a clear understanding of professional in-country networking

Key dates

Applications open: 11 February 2019
Applications close: 17 March 2019

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