Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many scholarship alumni have gone on to hold positions of influence, contributing to strong people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. High profile alumni include current Cabinet Ministers Professor Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister for Female Empowerment and Child Protection, and Minister of State Secretariat Professor Pratikno. The Australia Awards are the largest and longest running international scholarship program in Indonesia. Over 500 postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships were offered in 2014 to Indonesian students to study in Australia, preceded by pre-departure English language training in Indonesia. The awards are allocated through a highly competitive, merit-based process agreed between the Governments of Australia and Indonesia.
The Australian Awards Fellowships are part of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages with developing countries. The program offers Australian organisations opportunities to provide short term study, research and professional development activities in Australia to mid-career professionals and senior officials from eligible countries. Australia Awards Fellowships are available across a broad range of fields relevant to Australia's foreign policy agenda or development outcomes.