AIMEP 2021

– Online program

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How to Apply

There are five easy steps to applying for AIMEP 2021. Start the process by clicking below and following all instructions and requests.

To apply, you must be

  • Aged 23-40
  • active in the Muslim community
  • TOEFL > 500 or IELTS > 5.5 (for Indonesian applicants) 
  • An Indonesian or Australian citizen
  • Able to commit a minimum of 5-8 hours per week during the 7 week program 

The first step is to ensure you have all the relevant documents ready to send us, including your CV, a statement of purpose, and a personal photo.

Your CV

Your CV should include your:

  • contact details
  • your date of birth (you must be between 23-40 years old)
  • details of community engagement
  • current employment
  • educational details
  • any relevant awards or other recognition
  • any relevant publications

Please remember:

  • For work and community engagement, include relevant dates and a brief explanation of your role and responsibilities in each position
  • If you need to use abbreviations, please explain what they mean the first time you use them.
  • For educational qualifications, remember to include dates and your area of study
  • If you have relevant hyperlinks to your publications or the community organisations you work with, include them if you think they might be helpful

Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose gives us a chance to understand your motivation for applying. It is also your opportunity to stand out and stake your claim for a place on the program. It should include:

  • What you hope to gain from participating
  • What you can offer as a participant during the program
  • What you would like to convey about Islam in your home country, in general and based on your personal experience
  • People and organisations in Indonesia or Australia you would most like to meet, and/or topics and themes you are interested in finding out more about
  • How you would share and build on your experience after the program


Please provide two or three references to boost your chances of being accepted to the program. All references should be from people who know you well and can vouch for your suitability as an AIMEP delegate.

At least one reference must be from either:
A) A Muslim community organisation, or
B) An individual who can describe your activities in the Muslim community.


As the program will take place mainly in English, applicants from Indonesia are kindly requested to attach your latest TOEFL or IELTS certificate. Please note that a minimum TOEFL of 500 or IELTS of 5.5 is required to ensure your application can progress to the next stage. Certificates within the last 5 years are accepted.

If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS but have a different English test score such as CAE, CPE, or TOEIC, we can take that into consideration.

Personal photo

A clear personal photo (head and shoulders) taken in the last year, maximum size 5MB.

When all of your documents and reference letters are prepared, please click on the ‘Start application’ button. Fill in all required details along with your documents.

Should your application be successful you may be invited to submit a short video introduction. We will send you further instructions about this process. Once we’ve had a chance to view this, the final stage is that you may be invited to take part in a Zoom interview.

Please prepare for the interview, attend the call promptly, be yourself, and enjoy the experience!

Applicants who successfully make it through the interview will be offered a place on the program beginning in early July 2021. This is your moment to celebrate! We will contact you to begin onboarding, and look forward to 7 weeks of learning, connection, leadership, and transformational discussions.

Key Dates

Application deadline

7  November 2021

First round results announced via email

8 December 2021

ASEAN Interviews via Zoom

13 December 2021
– 23 December 2021

Australian Interview via Zoom

5 January 2022
– 6 January 2022

AAMEP 2021 

31 January 2022
– 28 March 2022

Join the Alumni community! 

29 March 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

The AIMEP is open to emerging Muslim leaders from Indonesia and Australia between the ages of 23 and 40. Applicants must be actively engaged in their local Muslim community, either through formal employment and/or volunteer networks.

The sister AAMEP program is open to emerging Muslim leaders from Australia and selected ASEAN countries other than Indonesia.

Almost all meetings in the program will be conducted in English. Therefore, we kindly request Indonesian applicants to attach a certificate showing minimum TOEFL of 500 or IELTS of 5.5.

ASEAN citizens applying for the AAMEP are also required to provide evidence of their English ability.

The AIMEP and AAMEP are programs for emerging Muslim leaders between the ages of 23 and 40. They are not university exchange programs, however university students are welcome to apply provided they are actively involved in their local Muslim community either through formal employment, institutional affiliation, or volunteer activities.

No, unfortunately to be eligible you must still be 40 on the day that the program begins (see Key Dates).

Yes, as long as you are 23 before the day the program begins, you are eligible to apply. (see Key Dates).

No, unfortunately to be eligible for the AIMEP you must be either an Australian or Indonesian citizen at the time of applying.

For the AAMEP, you must be a citizen of Australia or selected ASEAN countries for the year in question.

As long as you are an Australian or Indonesian citizen you are eligible to apply for the virtual AIMEP. However, you must be able to demonstrate that you are actively involved in the Muslim community in your home country to be considered as a candidate.

For citizens of ASEAN other than Indonesia, you may be eligible to apply for the AIMEP’s sister Australia ASEAN Muslim Exchange Program (AAMEP). The next round of AAMEP applications will open in late 2021. Visit the AAMEP section on this website for more details and to sign up for notifications about that program.

Applications for AIMEP 2021

have now closed.