Bruneians encouraged to apply for Endeavour scholarship

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Australian government is calling for more Bruneians to take up its Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship programme as it is a valuable opportunity for applicants to become ‘ambassadors’ between Australia and the participating country upon completing the programme, said an education counsellor recently.

During an information session held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s ILIA Lecture Theatre, Karen Welsh, a counsellor from the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, said Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government to support international students and scientists to undertake Masters or PhD programmes, study, research and professional development programmes in Australia.

“Students can come (to Australia) for study and research and can take that (experience) home with them.

“They can take what they learnt and continue those connections between our countries. And this is very important as part of our bilateral and multilateral relationships around the world,” Karen said.

With entries open until June 30, the programme is fully funded scholarship with a personal monthly stipend of $2,500 (RM7,500) and has a value of up to $275,000 for full PhD Research Scholarships.

The scholarship paid by the Australian government includes a wide range of categories from ‘Research scholarships’ to study a full Masters or PhD (two to four years) at an Australian university.

“Those who have studied overseas – or those who have lived overseas for that matter – must have developed great understanding of their host country during their time there,” she said, adding that Australia wishes to shape individuals to becoming ambassadors between Australia and the participating country.

In an email interview, she said that 10 Bruneian citizens have applied for the programme since 2007. “Two were successful in receiving an Endeavour Fellowship in the 2007 round to undertake professional development in the field of Information Technology,” Welsh said. “The Australian High Commission has recently begun promoting the scholarships through its Facebook page,” she added.

The Brunei Times