Scholarships and Student Funding

The Connect: North Korea Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh is privileged to offer scholarships to support displaced North Koreans who are accepted on a full-time basis for a 12 month postgraduate programme of study in the UK, in partnership with Connect: North Korea.

Before this scholarship opens, we encourage you to apply for support via the Connect: North Korea, who can provide guidance and advice for the application process.

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 12 month 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 2024 will open on 2 October 2023. The deadline to complete your application to the scholarship is 29 February 2024. We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application on or around 10 May 2024. 

We recommend that you apply directly to the University of Edinburgh for your chosen programme of postgraduate study in plenty of time and preferably by 31 December 2023.

You can browse our postgraduate degrees here: 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.




We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application in May 2024.