Academy Professorship Indonesia

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) have set up a programme of professorships hosted by Indonesian universities. The appointees are eminent Indonesian researchers in the social sciences, life sciences, and natural sciences.


The objectives of the Academy Professorship Indonesia programme are:

  • to improve the position of science and the arts in Indonesia;
  • to foster scientific curiosity and an academic culture;
  • to raise public awareness of the importance of science in Indonesia.


The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Jakarta (KITLV-Jakarta) proposed establishing Academy-funded rotating professorships at Indonesian universities. The Academy and API embraced this initiative in 2004. The Academy Professorship Indonesia was established by two Memorandums of Understanding: a bilateral agreement between the two academies and a multilateral agreement between the two academies, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The programme office is hosted by KITLV-Jakarta.

Call for nominations (closed)

A call for nominations has been issued for two Academy Professors Indonesia (API). One concerns for an API in the Social Sciences and the other one for an API in the Natural Sciences. The deadline for nominations was 1 May 2015. 

Previous professorships

The first Academy Professor Indonesia (Social Sciences) was M.A. Yunita Triwardani Winarto. Her Academy Professorship ran from 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2011.

The second Academy Professor Indonesia (Life Sciences) is David Handojo Muljono. His Academy Professorship began in 2011. After three years of excellent work, his Academy Professorship has been extended by two more years, until July 2016.