Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

Application Process

Your application can be in English or Bahasa Indonesia, whichever is most comfortable for you. All applications will be treated equally, regardless of which language you choose.

You should submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a Muslim community organisation. If this is not possible, you can include a letter from an individual who can clearly describe your involvement in the community.

All recommendation letters should be from individuals who know you well and can vouch for your suitability as a potential AIMEP delegate.

All Indonesian applicants are required to have a TOEFL of at least 500 (IELTS 5.5)

The selection panel will consider all valid TOEFL or IELTS certificates issued within the last 5 years, including predicted scores or university TOEFL scores, but will rank them according to the credibility of the issuing organisation.

The panel may also consider English language certificates that use a system other than TOEFL or IELTS, such as TOEIC or CPA. If you have such a certificate, we recommend attaching a letter from the issuing institution stating the TOEFL or IELTS conversion score.

We will consider TOEFL or IELTS certificates issued within the last five years (from 1 January 2016). For delegates with more than one certificate from within that time frame, we request that you share your most recent results.

Additional supporting documents, such as an extra letter of recommendation, are not essential, but will be accepted. It is preferable not to attach copies of certificates, awards, university transcripts, or similar documents.

All applicants will be notified via email regarding the status of their application, whether successful or unsuccessful. Successful applicants will be contacted via email or phone to coordinate interview times and any other requirements.

Key dates for AIMEP 2021 include:

  • Applications close on 10 April 2021
  • Results of written applications announced 3 May 2021
  • Interviews held via zoom from 2-19 June 2021
  • Final results announced 23 June 2021

This year’s online program will include 24 participants (including 16 Indonesian and 8 Australian participants).

During years when physical travel is possible, AIMEP programs accept 10 participants from Indonesia and 5 from Australia. Indonesian participants travel to Australia in two groups of five participants each


AIMEP is an annual program, running once per year. Applications for AIMEP are open once a year for Indonesian applicants and once a year for Australian applicants. The opening of each year’s application round is announced through our website, mailing list and social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, or sign up to our mailing list to be notified when applications are open. 

Applications for the AAMEP program also open once a year for Australian applicants and once a year for ASEAN applicants. The opening of each year’s application round is announced through our website, mailing list and social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, or sign up to our mailing list to be notified when applications are open.

While each week will look slightly different, at least two live sessions will be held with guest speakers from both Indonesia and Australia. These sessions aren’t designed to be lectures – they’ll be focused on dialogue and interaction, with plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions and interact with the speakers!

Beyond these core sessions, participants will gain access to a vibrant online community for discussion and interaction, and participate in virtual tours, small-group sessions to get to know fellow participants, as well as a resource library, quizzes, and other special events. Where possible, the organisers will work with participants to facilitate face-to-face meetings of people in the same location.

The virtual AIMEP will run for 7 weeks, with a different thematic focus for each week.

Themes for the AIMEP 2021 program will include

  • Introduction to Islam in Australia and Indonesia
  • Leadership, Government and Society
  • Education and Youth Development
  • Gender and Family
  • Religious Diversity
  • Art, Media and Activism
  • Community Development and Post-Pandemic Transformation

Due to the different time zones in Indonesia and Australia the answer to this question is different for each country.

In Indonesia, we anticipate that core live sessions may overlap slightly with afternoon work hours, 2-3 days a week. Additional opportunities such as tours, interaction with other participants and weekly briefings will run outside of work hours or on the weekend.

Please note that prior to program commencement all successful applicants will receive a full program schedule and official letter of acceptance to support any requests for time off work.

In Australia, it is anticipated that regular weekly program activities will run outside of work hours. Subject to travel restrictions and availability of speakers, participants may be invited to travel to Canberra for one full work day during the course of the program (with all expenses covered).

Please note that the exact program structure will be subject to slight changes depending on speaker availability. We will endeavour to keep as much of the program outside of work hours as possible.

Successful participants will be asked to commit a minimum of 5-8 hours per week to the AIMEP.

This will include around 4-5 hours per week for core program sessions. Participants will be asked to commit another 1-3 hours per week for other program components such as briefings, interaction with fellow participants, virtual tours, special group activities, and exploring online resources.

At a minimum, AIMEP participants will need to have access to a Zoom-ready mobile phone with a stable internet connection. Access to a laptop or desktop computer will provide the added benefit of interacting on a larger screen, but is not essential.

We strive to make our online program accessible to participants who don’t live in big cities with high speed internet. The platforms we have chosen are accessible from a range of different connection speeds. Most live meetings will be conducted via Zoom, while most participant interaction and resources will be accessible through Slack and a web browser.

If you have concerns about your internet connection or other technical aspects of your participation in the AIMEP, please reach out to us through our contact page.

The 2021 AIMEP program will be offered entirely online with no international travel included.

Alumni of the online program will still be eligible to apply for future AIMEP programs involving international travel, provided they still meet program selection criteria at that time.

Successful applicants will receive a detailed program schedule very soon after they are contacted to confirm their acceptance into the program.

If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding program timing, please reach out to us via the contact page.