The Connect: North Korea Scholarship
The University of Edinburgh is privileged to offer scholarships to support North Koreans to pursue postgraduate study in the UK, in partnership with Connect: North Korea.
Connect: North Korea (CNK) is a UK-based organisation with a global aim – to enable every person who leaves North Korea to heal, grow, and live the life they choose.
Up to two scholarships will be awarded as part of Connect: North Korea’s ‘Enabling Freedom Network’ programme. The Enabling Freedom Network exists to remove barriers to education and support the emergence of a cohort of North Koreans ready and able to drive social change in their local communities.
The scheme is open to North Korean applicants seeking to study any full-time taught postgraduate degree taught on-campus in Edinburgh, regardless of where in the world they currently reside, and who would benefit from a programme of extracurricular services to enable academic success.
Applications for students commencing their studies in September 2023 are now open. The deadline to complete your application to the scholarship is 31 January 2023. We will let you know the outcome of your application no later than 15 March 2023.
It is important to highlight that you must also apply directly to the University of Edinburgh for your chosen programme of postgraduate study by 15 December 2022.
You can browse our postgraduate degrees here: ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/. Please note in your application to study that you intend to also apply to the Connect: North Korea Scholarship. The scholarship can only be awarded to candidates holding offers to study at Edinburgh, but you may apply to this scholarship at any time after submitting your application to study.
The Scholarship includes:
- your tuition fees, and
- a stipend of £15,000 per annum to help with your living expenses
You will also receive help from Connect: North Korea in organising and funding your study-related expenses before you come to Edinburgh.
Once you are in Edinburgh, you will have access to a range of extra-curricular services and support programmes, including the option to join the Scholars’ Network.
The Scholarship is tenable for one year.
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Currently, or have previously, held North Korean citizenship
- Have left North Korea and reside in another country
- Hold an offer to study a full-time postgraduate taught programme at the University of Edinburgh
- Not hold another postgraduate degree
We will assess applications using the following:
What you tell us in your application statement – we want to know about your academic interests, your experience of working for the benefit of the community, and your approach to leadership and social change.
Academic merit – evidence of high academic achievement is an advantage.
Other factors - We may consider any other personal or academic circumstances that could have influenced or impacted applicants in their education to date. Further information on widening access at the University of Edinburgh can be found here.
We will ask you to write an application statement in English of up to 750 words explaining:
- Why you have chosen your degree course, and what inspired you to apply to the scholarship;
- How receiving postgraduate education would be of benefit to your community and/or society; and
- What leadership means or looks like to you.
Applications for students commencing their studies in September 2023 will open on 6 September 2022. The deadline to complete your application is 31 January 2023. Please note that you must separately complete your application for your chosen course by 15 December 2022.
As the deadline date of the 31st January has now passed, we are not accepting any more applications.
We will let you know the outcome of your application in March 2023.