Student Research Grants

Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program encourages and assists students with an interest in Indonesia from Harvard Kennedy School and from across Harvard University by supporting their internships, independent research, and other forms of study conducted in Indonesia over the winter and summer breaks. Past grant recipients have received grants to explore a range of issues of importance in Indonesia, including social programs, religious movements, microfinance, and urban planning. More»

2014 Winter Term Grant Recipients

  • Jonathan Chang, HKS MPA 2014 – Chang’s project focused on writing case studies that explore how Indonesia addresses its history of ethnic and religious conflict and re-focuses its human capital investment. The bulk of the project focused on GEPi (Global Entrepreneurship Program).
  • Daniel Feldman (GSD 2015) & Michael Haggerty (GSD 2017) – Feldman and Haggerty’s research focused on documenting and analyzing the intersection of waste systems, public space, the support of livelihoods through community enterprise, and urban development programs in Indonesia cities.
  • Manoah Koletty, HKS MPA/ID 2014 – Koletty worked on his research topic entitled “Discovering Local Strategies for Improving Subnational Administrative Effectiveness in Indonesia.”
  • Dian Kusuma, HSPH – Kusuma worked on expanding his research in the area of universal health coverage and on health outcomes in developing countries, specifically focusing on evidence from the Jamkesda expansion in Indonesia.
  • Christian Suharlim, HSPH – Suharlim continued his research on TB implementation in Indonesia, and expanded on his research topic entitled “National TB Guidelines Implementation: Challenges, Deviations, and Strategies.”

Research Grants Eligibility & Deadlines
Any Harvard University students who will return to campus for at least one semester after completion of the grant. Grant applications are accepted twice a year:

  • Late October/early November of each year for grants during the following January break, and
  • Early April of each year for grants during the following summer break.

The deadline to apply for summer research/internship grants is November 3, 2014. With questions please contact Trisiawati Bantacut at 617-384-8156 or In addition, the grants may be used by HKS students who are conducting Policy Analysis Exercises (PAE) or Second Year Policy Analyses (SYPA) projects to defray travel costs in the event that the student's client in Indonesia is not able to fully cover all travel expenses. Learn more»

How to Apply
Students interested in applying for support of an internship, independent research project, or other form of study conducted in Indonesia in the summer or during the January term should send the following materials via e-mail to
1. Proposal (see description below)
2. Resume or CV
3. Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
4. Recommendation from faculty including willingness to advice on methodology and analysis (an email endorsement is acceptable)

Research Proposal Components (3 pages maximum)

  • Project description including research question, methodology, and context, i.e. relevance to Indonesia to your field and/or to goals of HKS Indonesia Program Research Priorities
  • Personal impact statement including how project relates to your past experience, area of study, and future plans
  • Timeline and destinations. Special note for January term applicants: Applicants should be realistic about how many meetings, consultations, or other cities can effectively be scheduled in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year's holiday. Based on experience, January term projects are usually most effective when the applicant can build upon existing contacts or structured activities/internships at existing organizations
  • Budget including airfare, accommodations, local transportation, and other expenses
  • Deliverables (we require a report and formal presentation)

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, the biggest monument of Buddhist architecture, Java, Indonesia