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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


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During His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to the US in December of 2002, President George W. Bush and the Sultan agreed on a commitment for more academic exchanges. Soon after that, in 2003, the Fulbright Scholarship was successfully reactivated in Brunei. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables one U.S. student to conduct a research project at a Bruneian host institution. 

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Grantees should begin their 10 month grants in August 2022 or shortly thereafter, to best coincide with the Bruneian educational calendar.

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While the program is open to all Fields of Study, Brunei presents an exceptional opportunity for students of rainforest ecology and associated disciplines.  More than 70% of Brunei's land areas is covered by primary rainforests, of which 32,000 hectares are protected as forest reserves and 50,000 hectares as national parkland.  Unlike other areas of Borneo, Brunei's rainforests are untouched by logging.  They remain one of the world's richest and most diverse ecosystems and are accessible for researchers. 


Projects related to Environmental Science and Ecology are highly encouraged.

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Additional Information:  English is widely spoken in Brunei and is used throughout the educational system as the language of instruction.  Malay language proficiency may be necessary, depending on the proposed project.

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Applicants will need to identify an appropriate host institution for the proposed project.  


They must include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications, stating approval of and support for the proposed research. 


If necessary, U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan will assist in facilitating affiliations for candidates who have been officially awarded grants.

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Grantees are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for Southeast Asia, including malaria prevention.  Although Brunei is a wealthy country, candidates should not expect sophisticated equipment or apartments with American standards of comfort.  Housing availability can be limited. Use of libraries can be hampered by short hours, closed stacks, and limited circulation, although the Embassy may be able to help to facilitate after-hours research, when needed.  


Brunei enjoys a tropical equatorial climate with high rainfall and warm temperatures all year round. Generally, it is wettest from September to January, and May to June.  Humidity is high year round, while average temperatures range from 25 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius. 


In May 2014, Brunei introduced the first phase of its Sharia Law Penal Code, which will run in parallel with the existing Civil Law code based upon British Common Law. 

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