PhD Scholarships 2009/2010, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

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Universiti Brunei Darussalam Doctoral Scholarships Programme 2009/2010

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is once again offering its prestigious Doctoral Scholarships Programme (UBD DSP) to enhance UBD`s ability to attract academically outstanding international PhD scholars, as part of its efforts to make the university a regional and international centre of excellence in research and higher education.

The UBD Doctoral Scholarships Programme is designed to attract world class doctoral students who are able to show a very high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, business and economics, Malay/Brunei studies, language skills and communication, and education, by offering students financial assistance during their doctoral studies.

The UBD Doctoral Scholarships Programme is part of UBD`s ongoing international recruitment strategy and aims to position UBD as a regional and international leader in leading edge higher education research.

Terms and conditions
The UBD Doctoral Scholarships Programme is open to all international candidates, regardless of nationality, applying for admission to a full time PhD programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalarn (UBD) at any time in 2009 or 2010.

The scholarships do not carry a bond. Each scholarship covers tuition fees (and bench fees where applicable), one outward and return economy travel fare to Brunei Darussalam, research expenses up to a maximum of Brunei Dollars $8,000, a yearly book allowance of Brunei Dollars $300, on-campus accommodation in the university`s Residential Halls, plus a monthly personal allowance of Brunei Dollars $500.

Each scholarship is tenable for the minimum period of candidature for the respective PhD programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The scholarship does not include any other costs not specified in Condition 3 (above) and it does not guarantee employment or residence in Brunei Darussalam to the scholar upon graduation.

The scholar may not take up paid employment outside the Universityor serve on the staff of their country`s Diplomatic Mission in Brunei Darussalam during the award. However, the scholar may apply for paid employment within the University such as that of Research Assistant or Part Time Tutor/Lecturer only with agreement from the student`s supervisor and if such posts are available in the University.

The scholar may be required to assist his/her respective Faculty in undergraduate teaching, or other work assigned by the Department Head, for up to 6 hours per week. This Teaching Assistantship is a condition of the scholarship and the scholar will not receive any payfor the teaching assistance provided.

For the academic year 2009/2010, the UBD PhD Scholarships are open for the following PhD programmes:

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
PhD in Geography, History, Malay Language & Linguistics, Malay Literature, Sociology/Anthropology, English Applied Linguistics

Faculty of Science
PhD in all areas, particularly Petroleum Geoscience, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Robotics, Mechatronic, Material Science, Alternative/Renewable Energy, Agro-technology and Food Security

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education
PhD in Education (all areas)

Faculty of Business, Economics & Policy Studies
PhD in Economics, Public Policy/Social Policy, and Business Administration

Academy of Brunei Studies
PhD in Brunei Studies and ASEAN Studies

Institute of Medicine
PhD in all areas, particularly Medicine, Bio-medical Science, Nursing, and Midwifery

Language Centre
PhD in Language and/or Communication, and Foreign Language Studies

Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre
PhD in all areas

The scholarship covers the entire duration of the PhD programme (3 years) provided that every year the scholar demonstrates satisfactory progress as determined by the University.

If the scholarship is terminated prematurely by the scholar himself, then the scholar shall be responsible for his travel expenses back to his home country.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competition among eligible candidates. Candidates should be academically outstanding, interested and able to pursue higher education research of relevance to UBD, and able to demonstrate an appreciation of South East Asian culture, particularly of Brunei Darussalam`s Malay Islamic culture.

The minimum admission requirements for the scholarship is an Upper Second Class undergraduate degree and a competent or distinction achievement at the Masters degree. Both stated awards should be obtained at an institution recognized by UBD.

All applicants must complete the prescribed application forms (available on the UBD website: Confirmation of the scholarship shall be subject to the visa and health requirements of the Government of Brunei Darussalam (details attached herewith).

The scholarship may not be held concurrently with any other study award without the prior approval of UBD. UBD reserves the right not to award any scholarships if there are no candidates of sufficient merit. The decision of Universiti Brunei Darussalam on selection of any candidate is final. Enquiries or disputes regarding its decisions will not be entertained.

For more information about the UBD Doctoral Scholarships Programme, please contact

The International and Public Relations Office
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Telephone/Fax: +673-2463062/2463015
or email: rosnah.ramly[at]

How to apply:


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