Cumberland Lodge has launched a new call for applications for our Amy Buller Scholarship, a three-year PhD studentship run in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London.

The scheme is named after Amy Buller, one of the founders of Cumberland Lodge, and applications are open to any candidates wishing to conduct doctoral research at Royal Holloway on a subject that connects with the mission and charitable objectives of Cumberland Lodge.

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline, including those taking an interdisciplinary approach in addressing the root causes and symptoms of social divisions.

‘A truly remarkable experience’

The scholarship scheme was launched in 2014, when we welcomed our inaugural scholar, Katherine O’Lone, to take up the role whilst pursuing her doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, on the social and psychological benefits of confession.

Commenting on her experiences of the scholarship to date, Katherine said: “Being the Amy Buller scholar is a truly remarkable experience: the range of people that you meet during the three years and the support and encouragement given by the Lodge is astounding.

“It has been an honour to have held this scholarship and to have been involved in the innovative and important work of the Lodge which, in turn, has profoundly informed my research. I can honestly say it has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Katherine has a first class Linguistics degree from University College London (UCL), an MA in Cognition and Culture from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast, and an MSc in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is now partway through her doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, working with Dr McKay.

The Amy Buller Scholarship lasts for three years, and we look forward to welcoming our second scholar in September 2017.

Benefits and responsibilities

In addition to covering home/EU tuition fees, the scholarship provides an annual tax-free stipend of £12,600 to the successful candidate, and a contribution of up to £500 annually towards research expenses.

Our scholars are based in their academic department at Royal Holloway, but benefit from ongoing mentoring and support from our academic staff and associates, and access to our facilities, including office space.

They play an active role in the residential life of the charity, by helping to facilitate our residential student retreats and other events, including running ‘St Catharine’s Sessions’ for visiting student groups – seminars that focus on areas of social and ethical interest.

They are also invited to contribute essays, research briefings, blogs and informal talks to visiting groups, and to act as ambassadors for the Lodge throughout their studentship.


The closing date for applications is 30 January 2017. Further information can be found here.