North Korean students offered study opportunities in Edinburgh

Displaced North Koreans across the world are being encouraged to apply for funding to study at the University of Edinburgh as part of a world-first scheme launched by charity Connect: North Korea.

North Korean scholarships

Two full postgraduate scholarships covering travel, tuition fees and living expenses will be awarded as part of the University’s partnership with the Enabling Freedom Network.

The initiative will aid a range of displaced North Korean people, helping them gain university qualifications alongside participation in a specialised social leadership training programme.

The Enabling Freedom Network is led by Connect: North Korea, a UK-based organisation with a global aim to enable every person who escapes the oppression of life in North Korea to heal, grow, and live the life they choose.

The Network will be launched on September 6th 2022 at 2pm BST at the Houses of Parliament at an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea.

Education for all

The initiative builds upon the University of Edinburgh’s long commitment to education for all, ensuring that students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds have a right to educational opportunities.

The University has a range of scholarships available for international students including Asylum Seeker Scholarships and Sanctuary Scholarships, which aim to provide further academic training for doctoral students whose research studies have been affected by conflict.

Our commitment to provide people who face barriers to education the opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh extends all over the world. We are proud to be working with Connect: North Korea on this unique and important postgraduate scholarship scheme. Successful candidates will join our campus community in Edinburgh, studying the postgraduate course of their choice with a full package of support. It is through innovative partnerships such as this that we can transform the lives of people across the globe.

Professor Colm HarmonVice-Principal Students, the University of Edinburgh

The Enabling Freedom Network programme will be of great help to North Korean escapees. We are delighted to be in partnership with the University of Edinburgh for the programme, a university with an excellent academic reputation and strong background in widening participation. By undertaking study at university and undergoing social leadership training, North Korean students will develop a broader perspective. They can use that opportunity to grow into an important member of society and lead North Korean escapees to better lives. It will be a ray of light to all North Korean escapees.

Yejin LeeDirector of Connect: North Korea

Application information can be found on the Connect: North Korea website at  

Related links

Connect North Korea

Widening participation