Fulbright Program

During His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to the United States of America in December 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 Student Program enables Bruneians to pursue their postgraduate study in the United States, build leadership skills, and exchange cultural understanding with Americans.


Established in 1946, Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is “To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal in mind, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experience cultures and observe each other’s political and economic institutions. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The main aim of the program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the Untied States and the people of other countries.

Upon returning to Brunei, Fulbrighters are expected to continue their role in building bridges of understanding, directly or indirectly, between the United States and Brunei through their professional and personal activities.

The Fulbright program offers the following scholarship opportunities for Bruneians:

  1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  2. Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative
  3. Fulbright Visiting Research Award