Government of Brunei Darussalam Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship

Why Choose Brunei Darussalam?

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Brunei Darussalam or in English would mean Brunei Abode of Peace is prosperous small nation. It is a small region state located in South-East Asia. It’s exact position is on the coastal region of north-west of Borneo or Kalimantan island. Its coastline stretches for 161 km facing the South China Sea. Brunei Darussalam is also enclosed by the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The economic freedom of Brunei Darussalam according to global Index Heritage economic scores 65.1. This score makes Brunei’s economy become the 63rd freest in the current 2019 Global Index. Its overall economic score has increased by 0.9 point. This leads to significantly higher scores on property rights and tax burden exceeding declines in trade freedom, government integrity, and judicial effectiveness. In the Asia-Pacific region, Brunei Darussalam ranks 14th among 43 countries members. In addition, its overall score is above the regional and world averages.

As a nation of honoring peace and harmony for national, regional, and international affairs. For a long time, Brunei Darussalam is a current member of Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Brunei also becomes Non-Aligned Movement, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations and World Trade Organization.

Why Study in Brunei Darussalam?

Brunei Darussalam universities have preferred reputation in the world. According to overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Universiti Brunei Darussalam ranks 401-500 globally. The Universiti Brunei Darussalam have became the first university in Brunei. The university was established in the year 1985.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam UBD has since renowned as the largest university in the country. Both in terms of yearly student enrollment and the curriculum and also field of studies offered. UBD has 8 academic faculties, 8 research institutes and 2 academic service centres. The university provides multidisciplinary programmes to over 3,000 domestic and international students.

UBD mainly focuses on the fields of science, health sciences, Asian studies, policy studies, education, business, engineering, biodiversity, advanced materials and energy sciences, advanced research. The university also aims at developing applied data analytics, Islamic studies, leadership, innovation and advancement. However, other Brunei Darussalam universities also offer a wide array of studies and degrees.

Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarship for 2020-2021

In the year 2020-2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is honored to invite international applicants to apply for the Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship. It is under the above Scholarship Award Scheme for the 2020-2021 academic session.The Brunei Darussalam scholarship awards offer international applicants with the opportunity to following degree of study:

The Brunei Darussalam Government scholarship is offered at any one of the following institutions of Brunei higher education:

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

Check further information about the university and available field of studies in the following link.

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)

Check further information about the university and available field of studies in the following link.

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB)

Check further information about the university and available field of studies in the following link.

Politeknik Brunei (PB)

Check further information about the university and available field of studies in the following link.

All the university academic year will commence as soon as July or August 2020. So please prepare your application soon. The applicants can choose from various fields of studies and degrees. For your information, other than the mentioned universities, the government scholarship will NOT provide any enrollment and necessary financial support.

Please remind yourself, the available degrees for the Brunei Darussalam Government scholarships are for undergraduate and postgraduate (master and PhD). Please refer to the mentioned degrees above. Or you can contact the email address below for further enquiries.

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Eligibility Criteria

Please take note the following eligibility criteria for international applicants. See the contact person at the end for technical enquiries.

  1. Applications are open to citizens of, but not limited to, ASEAN (Association of SouthEast Asian Nation), Commonwealth and OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) member countries.
  2. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-25 for Undergraduate programmes and must not exceed the age of 35 for Postgraduate programmes on the 31st July 2020.
  3. The award is NOT eligible to Brunei Darussalam Permanent Residents.

The Scholarship Benefits

Take note and read carefully the benefits offered from the Brunei Darussalam Government scholarship below:

  1. Exemption from paying tuition fees including acceptance, examination, registration and orientation fees for the duration of the programme;
  2. An economy class air-ticket to Brunei Darussalam from the scholarship recipient’s country of origin/ country of domicile prior to the commencement of the course and an economy class air-ticket from Brunei Darussalam to the scholarship recipient’s country of origin/country of domicile upon completion of the course;
  3. A monthly personal allowance of 250 BND or around
  4. A monthly meal allowance of 150 BND or around
  5. An annual book allowance of 600 BND or around ;
  6. Accommodation at the residential college of the University/ Polytechnic;
  7. Comprehensive insurance cover for the whole duration of the Scholarship. The scholarship recipient is urged to obtain additional insurance prior to his travel to Brunei Darussalam and for the whole duration of the Scholarship at his own expense.
  8. Baggage allowance for shipment of the scholarship recipient’s personal effects to his country of origin/country of domicile upon completion of the programme, at a maximum amount of:
  • 250 BND or around to a country within the ASEAN region; or
  • 600 BND or around to a country outside the ASEAN region;


This scholarship shall not be held concurrently or at the same time with any other scholarship, fellowship, grant or loan without the prior approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This scholarship may be terminated or revoked immediately should the scholarship recipient be found holding another scholarship, fellowship, grant or loan without prior written approval of the Ministry.

A scholarship recipient is not encouraged to bring any family members with him for the duration of the Scholarship. No marriage allowance nor child allowance is payable to the scholarship recipient and NO accommodation will be provided to any accompanying spouse, child or children.

A scholarship recipient is NOT permitted to undertake any paid employment or to serve on the staff of any country’s representative mission in Brunei Darussalam during the duration of the scholarship.

Application Procedure

Read thoroughly the procedure for the completion of the application. Make sure applicants provide necessary documents.

  1. Applicants should download the application form and fill it accordingly. Application forms can be downloaded from the following link: APPLICATION FORM 2020/2021
  2. Application forms must be duly completed and endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the National Focal Point for scholarships of the applicant’s country.
  3. Applicants are required to submit a security clearance statement from their National Security Agency(ies) or Police Station (i.e. a statement or report certifying that applicants are clear from any civil and criminal charges).
  4. Please take note, all application forms and supporting documents are to be submitted in Word Document/PDF/JPG format (compressed or .zip folder).
  5. Applicants applying to Universiti Brunei Darussalam must also complete an online application through
  6. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
  7. The closing date for the reception of completed application forms, together with certified copies of relevant certificates and documents are:
    Graduate Degree 11th May 2020 Close: 14th July 2020
    Applications for JANUARY 2021 intake will open on 11 MAY 2020
    Undergraduate Degree 1st July 2020 Close: 12th September 2020
    Applications for JANUARY 2021 intake is now OPEN.
  8. An applicant may be required to appear for an interview at such place(s) as may be determined by the institutions offering the programmes, and to sit a written examination to assess the applicant’s proficiency in the English/ Malay/ Arabic Language (where applicable).
  9. The Government of Brunei Darussalam reserves the right to reject any applications. The decision on the selection of candidates is final. Any disputes or enquiries pertaining to the decision made will not be entertained. Only successful applicants will be notified via email.
  10. Completed application forms are to be emailed to the following address: (NOTE: Maximum size allowed for e-mail and attachment files is 10MB).

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

This section is important to read and understand. Applicants should take notice of the terms and conditions of the Brunei Darussalam Government scholarship for 2020-2021. The full listing of the terms and conditions of the scholarship will be provided to the applicant once the application is successful and a scholarship is offered.

A declaration will be required to be signed confirming understanding and agreement to these terms and conditions upon acceptance of the scholarship. A scholarship recipient or grantee is required to:

  1. Obey or conform to all the rules and regulations underlying this Scholarship;
  2. Abide by the rules and regulations of the applied University or Polytechnic;
  3. Respect the customs, culture and official religion of Brunei Darussalam;
  4. Obey all the written laws and regulations of Brunei Darussalam;
  5. Refrain from engaging in political activities in Brunei Darussalam;
  6. Undergo health screening in Brunei Darussalam if deemed necessary by the Ministry of Foreign Affair.
  7. Upon completion of the programme, the scholarship recipient will be required to leave Brunei Darussalam with immediate effect.

Further Scholarship Information

Applicants who still require further enquiries and assistance can contact the following address:

Technical Assistance Division
Department of Administration
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bandar Seri Begawan BD2710
Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673 2261177 ext. 310 / 684
Fax: + 673 2261250

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