UPCOMING program

AIMEP 2021

– Online program

We are inviting emerging Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to engage in a unique 7-week online program of cultural, social, interreligious, and intellectual exchange with their neighbouring country. 

Applications now

Why apply

Since launching in 2002, AIMEP has given young Muslims in Australia and Indonesia an unrivalled platform for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. As well as in-depth learning and new perspectives, the program gives participants a genuine appreciation of each other’s expression of Islam, and the opportunity to join a positive and proactive community of emerging leaders.


Over the past two decades, AIMEP has distinguished itself as a unique and highly sought after international program.

Discover scholars, NGOs, youth, religious leaders, and other key community leaders 


An interactive 7-week online program featuring a diverse and rich range of opportunities for in-depth, meaningful dialogue.

Keep up to date with emerging trends and issues


Join a varied and vibrant AIMEP alumni network that spans numerous fields and thrives on community interaction.

Gain valuable connection and new friends, while joining a network of over 260 alumni


AIMEP is renowned for bringing together emerging leaders from across the diverse Muslim communities of Australia and Indonesia.

Interact with our 2021 speakers and experiential content

Program Schedule

Over the course of the 7-week virtual program, delegates will interact with an array of speakers, scholars, religious leaders, NGOs, community champions, and more, through a series of online sessions. 

Week 1

Discovery, an Introduction to Islam in Our Region

Week 2

Leadership, Government & Society

Week 3

Education & Youth Development

Week 4

Gender & Family 

Week 5

Religious Diversity

Week 6

Art, Media & Activism

Week 7

Community Development & Post Pandemic Transformation


By the end of the 7 weeks you will have developed personally, professionally and spiritually, helping you to lead in the future

Guest speakers

Assoc Prof Greg Fealy AM

Chair, Australia Indonesia Institute

Assmaah Helal

Program Operations Manager
Football United & Creating Chances

Dr. Oki Setiana Dewi

Founder & Director
Maskanul Huffadz Foundation

Assoc Prof Halim Rane

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Griffith University

Yunicha Pagiling (Yugi)

Member, Mahabbah Institute for Peace and Goodness 

Sherene Hassan OAM

Director of Education and Community Engagement
Islamic Museum of Australia

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid

Postdoctoral Fellow
Monash Indigenous Studies Centre 

Rev Jacky Frits Manuputty

Maluku Interfaith Institution for Humanitarian Action

Dr Dadi Darmadi

Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Religion and Society (PPIM)

Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta

Uncle Andrew Gardiner

Wurundjeri Clan Elder of the Woiwurrung people

Member, First Peoples Assembly of Victoria

Rabbi Zalman Kastel AM

Founder and National Director
Together for Humanity

Syamsul Arif Ghalib

Mahabbah Institute for Peace and Goodness

Saara Sabbagh OAM

Chair and Founder
Benevolence Australia

Prof Alimatul Qibtiyah

National Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Rita Pranawati

Vice Chair
National Commission for Child Protection

Dr Anisa Buckley

Research Fellow
Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne

Dr Nihayatul Wafiroh, MP

Member of Indonesian Parliament
National Awakening Party

Dr Anne Aly

Member of Australian Parliament for Cowan, WA
Australian Labor Party

Reverend Kristi

Srikandi Lintas Iman Women’s Interfaith Community

Wiwin Siti Aminah Rohmawati

Srikandi Lintas Iman Women’s Interfaith Community

Endang Sri Rahayu

Muslimah Ahlulbait Indonesia

Tasneem Chopra OAM

Cross-cultural Consultant

Feda Abdo

Manager – Communications and Community Relations
Muslim Women Australia

Lies Marcoes Natsir

Executive Director
Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation

Fadilla Dwianti Putri

Program Manager Prevention of Child Marriage Programs, Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation

Dr Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir

Founder, Fahmina Institute

Alex Long

Chief Executive Officer
Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW

Prof Abdul Mu’ti

General Secretary, Central Board of Muhammadiyah

Suraiya Kamaruzzaman

Co-Founder, Flower Aceh

Emha Ainun Nadjib

Indonesian Poet, Essayist, and Humanist

Ayman Islam

General Manager, Islamic Council of Victoria

Saba Hakim

Co-Founder, Australian MADE (Muslim Adolescent Development & Education)

Peter Gould

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gould Studio 

Drs. K.H. M. Akrim Mariat

Principal, Darussalam Gontor, Modern Islamic Boarding School (Pesantren)

Professor Dr. Hamid Fahmy Zarkasyi

Rector, University of Darussalam (UNIDA) Gontor


University of Darussalam (UNIDA) Gontor


Darussalam Gontor, Modern Islamic Boarding School (Pesantren)

Shaffira Gayatri

Board Member, HELP for Refugees and Same Skies Indonesia

Fazeel Arain

Principal and Co-Founder
Al Siraat College

Mufti Aasim Rashid

Head of Islamic Education & Programs, Al Siraat College

Summer Rwehumbiza

Head of Primary School
Al Siraat College

Vis Naidu

Head of Secondary School
Al Siraat College

Shahidah Osman

Head of Student Learning and Enrichment
Al Siraat College


Al Siraat College

Nerlian (Lian) Gogali

Mosintuwu Institute, Poso

Sara Mansour

Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Bankstown Poetry Slam

Dr Malcolm Haddon

Head of Community Resilience Team, Multicultural NSW

Adel Salman

President, Islamic Council of Victoria

Jeremy Jones AM

Co-Chair, Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims & Jews

Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

CEO, National Zakat Foundation

Sabeth Abilawa

Director General, Central Board of the Muhammadiyah Institute for Zakat and Philanthropy

Dr. Rahmawati Husein

Vice Chair, Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre (MDMC)

Banok Rind

Deputy Executive Officer, Koorie Youth Council

and more to be announced!

Key Dates

Application deadline extended!

Sunday 25 April 2021
23:59 (WIB and AEST)

First round results announced

7 May 2021

Interviews via Zoom

2 June 2021
– 19 June 2021

Final results announced

20 June 2021
– 23 June 2021

AIMEP 2021 

5 July 2021
– 22 August 2021

Join the Alumni community! 

23 August 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.

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