About the programme

The Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme for Indonesia is part of the LPDP-Netherlands Joint Scholarship Programme and the Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme. The partnership with LPDP allows the programme to grant double the amount of scholarships for Indonesian applicants.

As the LPDP co-funds this scholarship for Indonesia, students from Indonesia will have to apply in 2 steps through the followings systems:

Please note that LPDP has its own application criteria which the applicant must fulfil.

The Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme for Indonesia
This scholarship programme is funded by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and managed by Nuffic. It aligns with Indonesia's development priorities as well as Dutch policy based on the Advice on Colonial Collections and Recognition of Injustice from the Gonçalves Commission.The partnership with LPDP allows the Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme to grant double the amount of scholarships for Indonesian applicants.

Because of the imbalance of power during the colonial era, cultural objects were often improperly obtained. The Dutch government is keen to help rectify this historic injustice by returning cultural heritage objects to their country of origin and by strengthening international cooperation in this area. The Cultural Heritage Scholarship which besides Indonesia, is also available for Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Suriname and South Africa aims to optimise the resources that the collaborating organisations.

Target group

This programme offers opportunities for motivated and highly committed younger (20-35) students and professionals to develop their knowledge of the international museum and heritage field, provenance research and the role of heritage in our society. If you're a recent graduate or have some working experience at a relevant cultural organisation, this could be a perfect opportunity for you. After gaining new knowledge and skills, scholarship recipients must contribute to the museum and heritage field in their country for example by conceptualizing exhibitions, conducting provenance research or supporting requests for return of objects currently in Dutch museums. Other possibilities can include creating or improving relevant policy or curricula.

Eligibility criteria

1. You possess the required nationality of and are currently working/studying in Indonesia.
2. You are not older than 35 at the time of submitting the application.
3. You have applied with LPDP for a scholarship before 12 February 2024, and at the time of final selection you have been nominated by LPDP.
4. You hold (at least) a bachelor degree or will obtain a bachelor degree before 1 June 2024 in one of the following fields of study: Art history, heritage studies, museum studies, history, archaeology, or a related field.
5. The master’s programme for which you are applying must be on the Programme Course list and must be full-time during the academic year 2024-2025. The programme starts around 1 September 2024 and ends in September 2025 at the latest.
6. You are academically admitted to one of the programmes on the course list, this means:

  • You must have received at least confirmation of your application for academic admission for the selected master’s programme (s) of your choice, at the time of submitting your scholarship application.
  • Not later than Monday 15 April 2024 (14.00 CEST) you are at least conditionally admitted to the master’s programme (s) and you have submitted the (conditional) admission letter at Nuffic (via chs@nuffic.nl).
  • Not later than 15 June 2024 you are unconditionally admitted and you have informed Nuffic (via chs@nuffic.nl)

Required documents

  • a copy of a valid identification document.
  • a motivation letter.
  • a recent Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • 2 reference letters by professionals in the history, museum, art history, archeology or heritage sector or from teachers/professors preferably in one aforementioned field.
  • A certified copy of your highest obtained diploma and transcript or if not yet available a recent copy of the transcript.
  • ideally (un)conditional letter of admission, but at least a confirmation of your application for academic admission for the programme(s) for which you submit the scholarship application.
  • a form of the obligations and conditions, (127.2 kB) signed by the applicant and a participating institution (a format will be released shortly). . This document contains rules and regulations for the scholarship. By signing and submitting the format, you and the Dutch institution agree to these.

Programme course list

Name institution Name master's degree programme
Leiden University
Reinwardt Academy
(Amsterdam University of the Arts)
University of Groningen

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Scholarship holders are expected to select courses relevant to the purpose of the programme and to seize the opportunity to use their thesis research or internships, where relevant, to research topics relevant to the programme's goals

How to apply

As the LPDP co-funds this scholarship for Indonesia, students from Indonesia will have to apply in 2 steps through the followings systems:

Please follow the steps below before applying for this scholarship opportunity.

  1. Check if you meet the programme’s eligibility criteria.
  2. Select a master’s programme from the Programme Course list (max. 3).
  3. Apply for academic admission to the Dutch higher education institution offering the programme(s) of your choice.
  4. Apply with LPDP for a scholarship for batch 1 of 2024 before 12 February 2024 through their website. It will be categorized under “Beasiswa Prioritas”.
  5. Collect all required information and documents and apply for a Cultural Heritage Scholarship. Please note that it is not possible to save during the online application process. Therefore, make sure you have prepared all relevant information and documents in advance when applying online.
  6. Apply online before 8 April 2024 in the Delta system using the application instructions (206.7 kB).

Please note: applications can be rejected if they are not complete (if not all required information or documents are submitted), if documents are not as requested or if the application is not submitted on time and, or not via the Nuffic online portal.


The final deadline to submit an application is Monday 8 April 2024 (16.00 CEST).

Selection procedure

After the application deadline, Nuffic will verify eligibility for all applications. If your application does not meet the criteria, it will not be assessed further and will be rejected.

Eligible applications will be assessed by Nuffic on motivation, grade point average (GPA), experience in and ambitions for this topic based on the information provided in the application, such as Curriculum Vitae, obtained grades and motivation. Nuffic will also assess how closely applications fulfill the country specific criteria for Indonesia, like currently being employed or having strong ties to the cultural/museum sector in the country. Factors such as an equal gender distribution (or as equal as possible) and an equal geographical distribution will also be considered. This assessment will result in a ranking of pre-selected applications for Indonesia, which will then be compared to a similar shortlist by LPDP based on their assessment of applications.

After a comparison of these lists, applications are then selected starting from the highest rated application that is on LPDP's short list as well as in Nuffic's ranking and so on, until the maximum amount of available budget is reached. After the selection is finalized, a number of reserve candidates are also noted. Reserve candidates can be selected in case a selected candidate refuses the scholarship or is not unconditionally admitted to their study programme in time.

After the selection
Nuffic aims to inform all applicants via email in May 2024, while LPDP will do so in the beginning of June 2024. The selected scholarship holders can then inform the Dutch institution they are selected and, if needed, ask for advice on practical matters such as visa application and housing.
The scholarship amount per student will be paid by Nuffic to the Dutch institution to cover costs for visa, insurance, tuition fee and study materials. LPDP will provide the student with funds to cover costs like airline tickets, housing and other daily needs.

Within 4 weeks after the end of the study programme, scholarship holders must submit a (short) narrative report and a copy of your diploma. Dutch institutions must provide a financial statement.
More information about what exactly to submit and how to submit will follow as soon as possible.

Code of Conduct
Nuffic or programmes that Nuffic manages may not be involved in activities that involve unacceptable behavior, whether interpersonal violations, financial violations or abuse of power. Nuffic has an Integrity Code of Conduct to combat unacceptable behavior. In addition, activities involving the following situations/behavior are considered unacceptable:

  • bankruptcy, insolvency or liquidation proceedings;
  • failure to comply with obligations to pay taxes or social security contributions;
  • money laundering or financing terrorism;
  • terrorist crimes or crimes related to terrorist activities;
  • irregularities;
  • setting up a shell company; be a shell company.

Those who receive a grant through a program managed by Nuffic are expected to endorse and comply with this code of conduct.

Read our integrity policy.

More information

For more information about the Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme, please contact chs@nuffic.nl.

Logo ministry of Foreign Affairs
Wherever possible and relevant in communication about the scholarship the Dutch university and/or the scholarship holder will mention the fact that the scholarship is funded (subsidized) by the Ministry, in order to inform the public domain about the results realized with the subsidy.

The logos and taglines that need to be used in the communication can be consulted online.