Brunei scholarships

Scholarships are offered to Bruneians at all levels of education, from ‘A’ levels and diplomas to postgraduate taught and research courses. The majority of sponsorship comes from the Bruneian Ministry of Education for school leavers who have completed A levels or International Baccalareate, and the Public Service Commission (JPA), an in-service training scheme for civil servants.

Bruneians study a wide range of subjects in the UK, but the government does have priority subjects which will normally relate to areas where there is a shortage of trained staff, or in subjects that are not on offer at higher education institutions in Brunei. Each year the government updates the academic subjects it plans to support, and this list is usually made available at the end of January. The Ministry will normally set the application deadline in February. Between March and May, applications will be processed and students are interviewed, with decisions coming out during the summer.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Eligibility criteria for MoE scholarships in 2015/16:

Criteria Degree Masters / Professional PhD
Brunei Citizen
Malay language minimum Credit C6
English language – Credit C6, Grade C in IGCSE/General paper/ IELTS 6.5
Age limit as of 01 Sept 2015 26 yrs old 30 yrs old 30 yrs old
Academic requirement UCAS 300 points/ IB Diploma 32 points; GPA 2.5 for HND or Distinction in Advance Diploma 2:1 Honours degree and field of study must be related to discipline previously studied Masters degree and field of study must be related to discipline previously studied
University ranking (any of the 3 listings): – QS World University rankings 2014/2015 (QSWU)  Top 250 Top 200  Top 100
Times Higher Education University rankings 2014/2015 (THEU)  Top 250  Top 200  Top 100
Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings 2014 (SJTU) Top 250 Top 200 Top 100
Subject ranking (areas of expertise) – Offer received from top universities listed at QSWU 2014/2015 or THEU 2014/2015 or US News and World Report Colleges Rankings 2015 Top 20 Top 20 Top 10
Case by case exemption – Offer of place to study in the top universities (using QSWU, THEU, SJTU rankings) in the areas of national priority even if programmes are offered locally Top 20 Top 20 Top 20
Case by case exemption – Offer to study in a university with any professor or supervisor who are world’s leading expert (Masters by Research only)
Pass Mini-Multi Interview (MMI)
Application period 14 March – 06 April 2015 01 – 31 July 2015 01 – 31 July 2015


Eligibility criteria for the Brunei Administrative Service Scholarship Scheme (BAS) 2015/16:


Criteria ‘A’ Level Scholarship Degree and Postgraduate Scholarship
Brunei Citizen
Malay languageminimum credit in O Level
English languageDistinction/Grade A in O Level
Age limit as of 01 September 2015 19 yrs old 25 yrs old
Academic requirements At least 7 subjects with grade A in ‘O’ Level including the Malay and English languages Minimum 3 subjects in ‘A’ Level (in one sitting) – 360 UCAS tariff points and above
Study level ‘A’ Level - Joint degree and a Master’s degree in one of the subjects in the joint degree- Double degree in 2 different disciplines- Degree and Master’s in the same discipline
Duration and place of study Renowned Boarding Schools Reputable institutions in UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore & USA 4-5 years
Application deadline 6th April 2015 06 April 2015 via HECAS online
Courses offered Accounting
Banking & Finance
Business Management
Business Mathematics & Statistics
Business Studies
Engineering & Business Studies
Engineering, Economics & Mgt
Financial Economics
International Relations
Political Sciences
Public policy
Social policy with Government
Social Sciences

Eligibility criteria for the JPKE Human Resource Fund Scholarship (DANA) 2015/16:

Criteria Undergraduate Scholarship Masters Degree and PhD Scholarship
Brunei Citizen
Language requirement minimum Credit B4 in Malay and English O Level
Age limit as of 01 September 2015 26 yrs old 30 yrs old
Academic requirements AAA in one sitting or 38 points IB Diploma - First Class Honours from local or overseas universities
Place of study – First Class Honours (Masters); Distinction (PhD) - Top 10 in Times University Guide (overall or subject ranking)or- Top 100 QS World University Rankings
Place of study – Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours Top 5 in Times University Guide (overall or subject ranking)or- Top 25 QS World University Rankings
Duration 3 years 1 year Masters and 3 years PhD
Courses offered Accounting Accounting
Allied Health Allied Health
Architecture Architecture
Banking & Finance Banking & Finance
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering
Dentistry Dentistry
Economics Economics
Geology Geology
Health Sciences Health Sciences
Human Resource Mgt Human Resource Mgt
Instrument Engineering Instrument Engineering
Laws (leading to Barrister) Laws
Marine Engineering Marine Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Medicine Medicine
Multimedia (Animation) Multimedia (Animation)
Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Geosciences Petroleum Geosciences
Project Management Project Management
Quantity Surveyor Quantity Surveyor
Science and Technology Science and Technology
Statistics and Mathematics Statistics and Mathematics
Structural Engineering Structural Engineering

In-service scholarships from the Public Service Commission

These scholarships can be for HND, Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD and are usually available to Bruneian government employees. The aim is for participants to meet a specific training need or skill, usually relating to their own workplace. Applications need to be approved by the head of department in your workplace and are then scrutinised by a selection committee. Remember the course you choose needs to be relevant to your current job, otherwise it is unlikely to be approved for funding.

Other scholarships available to Bruneian students

There are currently three additional scholarships available to Bruneians. These schemes are much smaller and are targeted at high-performing students

  • Shell: top students from A levels. Rigorous selection process as the scholarship holders are future employees of Shell. In oil related fields, such as mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, geophysics, chemical engineering etc
  • Ministry of Defence: top students from A levels. Discipline is chosen by the student. Preference for USA or Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial/LSE
  • Sultan’s scholars. Administered by the SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH FOUNDATION. Student is required to have three A grades at ‘A’ levels

Remember that you will need evidence of your scholarship when you apply for a visa to come and study at your chosen university, so your scholarship provider will need to give you a letter confirming and detailing the scholarship.