Edward E. Masters Fellows Program

Since 2010,  the USINDO Edward E. Masters Fellows Program, has funded the education and managed the placement of select officials from Indonesian Ministries at leading schools in the United States. The current application cycle is only open to officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Masters Fellows are nominated by their Ministry and must meet the requirements of the Masters Fellows Program, with exacting standards applied by USINDO and other committee members during the selection process.

“USINDO Edward E. Master’s Fellowship program not only contributes to the improvement of Indonesian young diplomats’ quality of knowledge, but also helps to construct a bridge of mutual understanding between Indonesia and the United States, which will enhance their bilateral relations. The cooperation between USINDO and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a long-term asset which needs to be further developed and nourished in order to bring the two nations closer, offsetting our geographical distance and cultural differences. I am grateful to USINDO and the donors for allowing me the opportunity to study in the US, and feel privileged that the US will always hold a special place in my heart and mind.”
Ibrahim Caraka Debe
USINDO Edward E. Master's Fellow
Class of 2010

Application Timeline

Our new timetable for the application cycle of the 2018 fellows is below.  Please see the document “Timeline and Application Instructions” for more details. 

Application Form 2018.

April 30,  2017: Applications are due to Pusdiklat (KEMLU) and Pusbindiklatren (BAPPENAS).

May 17-18,  2017:  All applicants are interviewed in person if possible, or by telephone.  All applications are reviewed by a selection panel comprised of high-ranking staff at USINDO, SAIS, and the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC, following the interviews.

June 1, 2017: Conditional candidates announced. These candidates will ultimately be accepted only if they achieve the minimum official TOEFL and GRE scores by August 15 2017.

June 15, 2017: Conditional candidates prepare a list of their selected top 5 schools that they will be applying to if they are finally accepted into the program as an Edward E. Masters Fellow. This list should be sent to usindojkt@usindo.org and admin.dskld@kemlu.go.id no later than the deadline mentioned above.

June-August 2017: Conditional candidates begin coursework for the TOEFL and GRE.  Candidates will take the TOEFL and GRE during this period, after completing their coursework.

August 15, 2017: Candidates submit official TOEFL and GRE scores to USINDO.

Minimum requirements are as follows:

Internet Based Test: 100
Paper Based Test: 600
Computer Based Test: 250

Verbal: 153
Quantitative: 148

*GRE score requirements are estimates at this time and will be revised when average scores for the new GRE test are normalized.

October 14, 2017: Conditional candidates are notified regarding acceptance as Fellows into the program.


Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted no later than April 30, 2017 at 17:00 via email to:
For KEMLU – Ms. Carolyn Sinulingga at admin.dskld@kemlu.go.id
For BAPPENAS – Dr. Wignyo Adiyoso at wignyoa@yahoo.com

Applications must include the following to be considered complete:

  • Completed Application Form 
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 academic,  1 professional) [Letter of Recommendation Format 2018]
  • Results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (if available)
  • Unofficial transcript for all university-level work
  • Academic writing sample (in English, no more than 900 words, written independently)
  • Personal statement (in English, no more than 600 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Accepted applicants may be requested to provide official copies of transcripts and test scores.



Graduate programs begin in Fall 2018. The Program will cover all tuition payments and academic fees. Additional fees,  transportation and stipends are covered by the Ministry. Although the Program expects to receive all invoices directly from each university, any Fellow who receives an invoice should inform USINDO and the SAIS Coordinator of billing statements as soon as possible.


Summer Coursework

Fellows will attend intensive graduate English coursework and,  if required, Economics and quantitative tutorials or coursework  in Washington, D.C. in the summer preceding matriculation, through SAIS Summer Programs.  This Program is generally held in June and July prior to matriculation.  It is the responsibility of Fellows to apply to the SAIS Summer Program “English as a Second Language and International Issues” before the deadline.

Although Fellows are guaranteed admission to the SAIS Summer Program, the application procedure is the same as that for other applicants. Applications and a 10% deposit are generally due at the end of April with full payment due by mid-May.  Applications require official test results, official transcripts, and a one-page personal statement. The application fee may be waived. If a Fellow also applied to SAIS for graduate school, the SAIS Summer Program may be able to use the submitted graduate school application in lieu of a Summer Programs application. Program coordinators will contact accepted Fellows to confirm dates for the Summer Program.  Fellows must arrive in Washington, DC prior to the start of class.  Fellows are encouraged to contact the SAIS Coordinator if they have any questions.

Fellows, with the help of their Ministry, are responsible for applying for all visas and identifying accommodations in Washington, DC as well as at the university where they will pursue their studies. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase their airfare to the United States and to arrive in time to start summer classes at SAIS.  The Program can facilitate identification of housing but is not responsible for its provision.  Past fellows have stayed at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, DC for the duration of their summer studies.

Orientation packet: Students will receive an orientation packet before they depart for the United States.


Visa Application Process

Most graduate schools have a deadline of mid-April to accept or decline an offer. It is up to the student to accept offers before each deadline. As soon as you have accepted a graduate school offer,  you should begin the visa process. Visas require a minimum of two to four weeks to process and so must be applied for as early as possible.

In order to process your visa, take the following steps (2-5 should be done concurrently):

1. USINDO provides each fellow with a formal letter of acceptance that can be used to support your visa application.

2.  The student begins collecting all necessary documents per the instructions on the US Embassy in Jakarta.

3.  The student accepts at one school before the deadline.

4.  The student enrolls at the SAIS Summer Programs with assistance from SAIS. The student coordinates payment for the program with Pusdiklat.

5. The student works with USINDO to ensure they are registered at university and USINDO pays the matriculation fee/deposit.

6. Once enrolled in both university and the SAIS Summer Program, the student works with SAIS to be issued their I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status). The I-20 form is required to apply for the student visa and will be transferred to the institution at which you are studying after the SAIS Summer Program is completed.

7. Upon receipt of the I-20 and collection of all necessary documents per the embassy’s website, the student contacts the US Embassy in Jakarta to make an appointment for their visa interview.

8.  The visa is issued and plane tickets can be purchased.

Please note all visa questions should be directed to the Consular Services of the US Embassy in Jakarta (+62-21-3435-9000).


Graduate Application Procedures

In general,  final application submissions are due to graduate programs between November 2017 and January 2018. Masters Fellows are responsible for submitting all materials on time.

Fellows are encouraged to work closely with program staff to select schools and prepare applications. Fellows are expected to apply to the most prestigious programs in the United States. Past Fellows have enrolled at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, American University School of International Service, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, University of Virginia School of Law, and Columbia Law School.

The SAIS Coordinator will guide students through the application process as well as accept first drafts of written application material for review. Material to be reviewed must be emailed to the Coordinator with an expected turn-around of at least two weeks. The Program will pay application fees for a limited number of applications. Students must keep a receipt of payment or contact the coordinator to arrange payment.

Admissions offers are generally received by April, and Fellows are generally required to accept or decline admissions by early May, after consultation with program staff. Those that do not receive acceptance into a program will be considered on a case by case basis.


Contact Information

All questions can be directed to:

The US-Indonesia Society
1625 Massachusetts Avenue,  NW, Suite 550
Washington, D.C. 20036 Unites States of America

Application materials should be emailed to:


Ms. Carolyn Sinulingga
Pusat Pendidikan dan Pelatihan
Kementerian Luar Negeri Republik Indonesia
+62-21-725-0008 ext. 8689/8686


Dr. Wignyo Adiyoso
Pusat Pembinaan, Pendidikan, dan Pelatihan Perencanaan
Kementerian Perencanaan Pembangunan Negara Republik Indonesia


Final GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to:

The US-Indonesia Society
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 550
Washington, D.C. 20036 Unites States of America