Fully-funded Master and PhD Degree Scholarships at The University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on June 23, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Universiti Brunei Darussalam Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410 Brunei Darussalam  + 673 2460922/3/4/5

The University of Brunei Darussalam has recently made an exciting announcement that has captured the attention of aspiring scholars worldwide. Their highly anticipated scholarship program for the academic year 2023-24 presents a remarkable opportunity for international students from all over the world. The prestigious scholarship stands out for its commitment to providing fully-funded awards for Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, enabling outstanding individuals to fulfill their educational journey as early as January 2024.

One of the most appealing aspects of this scholarship is its comprehensive coverage of essential expenses associated with pursuing the chosen degree. Recognizing the financial burden that often accompanies higher education, the University of Brunei Darussalam takes a bold step by encompassing a wide range of costs. This includes not only tuition fees but also accommodation, study materials, and other related expenses. By offering such extensive support, the scholarship program ensures that recipients can focus wholeheartedly on their studies and academic pursuits.

Moreover, the University of Brunei Darussalam’s scholarship program embraces a diverse and inclusive environment, welcoming applications from students of all backgrounds. This represents a valuable opportunity for individuals who are passionate about expanding their horizons and engaging in a global academic community.

Source: The Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Scholarship Provider: Universiti Brunei Darussalam

About the Provider 

The Universiti Brunei Darussalam also known as UBD has rapidly established itself as a prominent Asian institution of higher education since its founding in 1985. With an initial intake of 176 students, UBD has grown significantly over the years, expanding its academic programs and improving its infrastructure.

Located in Tungku Link since 1995, UBD provides an ideal environment for learning and research. Guided by its core values of people, expertise, relevance, and leadership, the university now comprises eight faculties, nine research institutes, and six academic service centers, covering a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Islamic Studies
  • Business
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Asian Studies
  • Policy Studies
  • Education
  • Biodiversity
  • and Integrated Technologies

UBD has achieved remarkable progress, cultivating leaders and professionals while promoting individual and societal development through intellectual, faith, and cultural enrichment. With a focus on excellence in education, research, and public service, UBD strives to fulfill its mission.

In 2009, UBD launched the GenNEXT Program, a flexible and interdisciplinary education system that caters to diverse learning styles. This empowers both local and international students to explore their potential through hands-on experiences and training, ensuring a high-quality education that meets their needs in a dynamic world.

The scholarship Categories 

The University of Brunei provides scholarships in three categories, each with its own duration:

  • Master by Coursework: This program can be completed within twelve (12) months of full-time study or extended to eighteen (18) months, depending on the chosen program of the students.
  • Master by Research: This program requires a full-time study period of twenty-four (24) months.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): The minimum study period for a Ph.D. is thirty-six (36) months of full-time study or sixty (60) months of part-time study, depending on the student’s chosen program.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationality: Local and International Students
  • Degree Level: Master of Doctoral Degree
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: Up to three years
  • Scholarship Awards: Fully-funded
  • Scholarship Country: Brunei
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, the students must meet the following criteria:

  • The scholarship program is open to students from both Brunei and other countries.
  • To be eligible for the Master’s degree program, applicants must possess a First Class Bachelor’s degree.
  • For the Doctoral degree program, applicants are required to hold a Master’s degree certificate.
  • A well-crafted and impactful research proposal is a necessary component of the application.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate their suitability and preparedness to pursue studies in their chosen field.
  • Meeting the specified English language requirements is a mandatory criterion for all applicants.

For Brunei Darussalam citizens:

  • If you are admitted to undergraduate study through the Higher Education Central Admission System (HECAS) and eligible for the Brunei Government Scholarship, the scholarship application process will be facilitated by UBD to the Ministry of Education on your behalf.
  • If you have been admitted to graduate study, upon receiving the offer letter from UBD, it is important to promptly complete the required form and submit it for the scholarship application process.

Brunei Darussalam Citizen Requirements:

  • Hold a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with Honors (Second Class and above) or its equivalent from a recognized institutions
  • Obtain a minimum credit of C6 in Bahasa Melayu in the Brunei GCE ‘O’ Level Examination.
  • Achieve a minimum credit of C6 in the English Language in the Brunei GCE ‘O’ Level Examination OR a Grade B in IGCSE English as a Second Language OR an overall band score of 6.0 in IELTS.
  • For Undergraduate applicants, the age should not exceed 26 years, while for Graduate applicants, the age should not exceed 30 years.
  • Must be currently unemployed.

Application Process 

The application for the scholarships can be accessed in an online portal provided by the university. Eligible applicants must create an account to be able to access and begin with their scholarship application.

Scholarship Awards 

The University of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship for the academic year 2023-2024 offers comprehensive financial support to postgraduate students, both local and international, admitted at UBD. The scholarship provides the following advantages:

  • Full waiver of tuition fees, including registration and acceptance fees at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance of BND 2200.00 for the entire 36-month duration of the program.
  • On-campus accommodation will be provided throughout the 36-month period or during the scholarship awards.
  • One round-trip economy class air ticket will be given to students upon accepting the scholarship and another upon completion of their studies, facilitating travel between their home country and Brunei.
  • Field research allowances are available, with BND 1000.00 allocated for Arts and Humanities candidates and BND 2000.00 for Science candidates.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until July 31, 2023

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