1 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length10 Months
During His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to the U.S. 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 1-2 U.S. students to conduct a research project at a Bruneian host institution.
Grantees should begin their 10 month grants in August 2023 or shortly thereafter, to best coincide with the Bruneian educational calendar.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2023 as a condition of their grants.
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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
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.
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.