The UBD Graduate Research Scholarship (UGRS) is a competitive scheme awarded to quality PhD students with a strong desire to work in an international and competitive research-intensive environment. UBD is committed to opening doors to the brightest students to work among and network with our researchers to enrich their experience and equip them with the skills to maximise their talents.


  • Has a Masters Degree and at least good Second Upper Degree in relevant field recognised by UBD Senate. For candidates without Masters Degree, a First Class Degree in relevant field recognised by UBD Senate is required.

  • Able to demonstrate English Proficiency

  • A high quality and impactful research proposal and able to demonstrate good academic track record.

  • Fit to pursue studies in the area of choice.


  • Tuition fees including registration and acceptance fee at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam will be waived.

  • A subsistence allowance of Brunei Dollar 1,500.00 per month for 36 months.

  • For candidates not residing in Brunei Darussalam, one incoming and outgoing economy class return air ticket will be provided, from (upon accepting the scholarship) and back to home country (upon completion of study).

  • Allowances for field research (Brunei Dollar 3,000.00 for per Science PhD candidates and Brunei Dollar 1,000.00 for Arts and Humanities PhD candidates).

  • Visa fees will be included in the scholarship for candidates.

Application can be made with application for admission through our online admission system (OASys) webpage

The UGRS will prioritise funding for high impact research within the priorities of UBD and Brunei including (but not limited to):

UBD Research Thrusts

UBD Research Groups




Sensor Technology

Data Analytics


Asian Studies

Herbal Medicine

Islamic Studies

International Comparative Education

Faculty/ Institute/ Centre Research Priority Areas

Faculty of Art and Social Sciences


History and International Studies

Design and Creative Studies

English Literature

Sociology and Anthropology

Professional Communication and the Media

English Language and Linguistics

Geography, Enviroment and Development Studies

Malay Language and Linguistics

Malay Literature


Faculty of Integrated Technologies


Biomedical and Bone Tissue Engineering

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell for Power Generation

Machining of Metal-Matrix Composites and Inconel Alloys

Deep Learning for Aircraft Performance and Trajectory

IoT in Water Monitoring and Evaluation

IoT in Agriculture

3D Modelling of thermal profiles of building for Energy Efficiency and Comfort

Bio-inspired sensing technologies

Additive Manufacturing (2D/3D/4D printing) techniques


Faculty of Science


Environmental Protection, Monitoring and Conservation

Geological Studies of Brunei and SE Asia

Natural Products and New Nanotechnology

Modelling and Simulation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics


School of Business and Economics


Economic and Financial Development in Emerging Markets

Islamic Banking and Finance and Empirical Finance

Halal Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Digital Marketing and Digital Business

Sustainable and Inclusive Growth


Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences


Gas/Chemical Sensors

Plasmonics Technologies: Thermochemical

Artificial Intelligence based Material Design and Discovery



Institute of Asian Studies


Asian Studies specializing on Sociology, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History and Economics


Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre of Islamic Studies


Islamic History and Civilisation

Islam in South East Asia

Islam and Women Studies

Islamic Jurisprudence and Thought

Contemporary Qur'anic Studies


Academy of Brunei Studies


Melayu Islam Beraja

History/Archaeology of Brunei (pre-modern and modern)

Brunei International Relations/Brunei and ASEAN

Wawasan Brunei 2035

Islam in Brunei

Brunei Heritage


Institute of Policy Studies


Public Policy

  • Social Policy
  • Energy and Environmental Policy and Management

Islamic Governance

Political Islam


PAPRSB Institute of Health Science


Cancer Research (including palliative care)

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases

Occupational Medicine and Health

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Public Health