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»

*At this time the HKS Indonesia Program is not offering student grants for summer term, effective 4/1/2015. If you are HKS student and seeking funding for your summer research/internship in Indonesia, please refer to the Ash Center's Student Initiatives and Independent Study page.*

2014 HKSIP Student Summer Grantees

  • Johannes Ardiant, HKS Master of Public Policy 2015 - Ardiant’s research focused on understanding the dynamic of Indonesia’s local government proliferation – the factors that drive creation of new regencies, and why some are more successful than others.
  • Nan Chen, HKS Master of Public Policy 2015 – Chen worked on Indonesian deforestation and climate change at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Jakarta.
  • Philips Loh, HSPH Doctor of Science 2015 – Loh worked as a research intern at the Poverty and Social Protection cluster at the World Bank Indonesia Country Office in Jakarta. The goal of his research is to improve the statistical methods that target poor households for social assistance programs. By using STATA and household micro-level data, Loh worked to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative proxy means tests (PMT) methods to assess the coverage of the target programs.
  • Indrani Saran, HSPH Doctor of Science – As part of her dissertation research, Saran conducted her summer research in Indonesia under the title: “Descriptive Social Norms and Women’s Participation in Community Decision-Making Meetings in Indonesia.” By using the SANIMAS project (Indonesian government community based sanitation program) as a platform she tried to determine how information affects women’s participation in community decision making and the effect of participation on policy outcomes.
  • Pramoda Dei Sudarmo, HKS Master of Public Administration 2015 – Pramoda conducted an independent research over the summer under the titled: “The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Poverty Reduction: Case Studies of Indonesian Social Enterprises that Have Moved the Needles in Reducing Poverty through Wealth-Creation.” In this research, Sudarmo analyzed the impact of Social Entrepreneurship in Indonesia from the lens of poverty-reduction as well as to measure the importance of non-state actors in Indonesia’s battle against poverty.
  • Matthew Teismann, GSD Master of Design 2015 – Teismann conducted his independent research titled: “(Architecture) Without Origins: Social and Cultural Estrangement in Post-Colonial Medan.” In this research trip, Teismann analyzed how cultural and social estrangement in Medan, North Sumatera has been influenced by the disappearance of deeply rooted and rich architectural heritage exemplified in the omo sebua of the village of Bawömataluo in Nias Island of North Sumatera. The purpose of his research was to articulate a broader discourse that will not only enable architecture to address the cultural crisis of the larger social field within which it is embedded, but also to map and document the impact on social identity from post-colonial architecture itself.

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
  • Deadline: April 1st for summer 2015 grants

If you are an HKS Student, please see the HKS Winter Funding Common Application link ( for other funding opportunities. With questions please contact Trisiawati Bantacut at 617-384-8156 or

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