The two-year Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme offers doctoral students based at UK universities the opportunity to set themselves apart, by deepening their understanding of pressing social issues and developing new skills in communication, public engagement and interdisciplinary working.
Scholars are selected in the Spring, through a competitive application round, and one further Scholar is selected by the Council for At-Risk Academics, which supports international academics who are at risk of persecution. conflict or violence in their home countries to study or work in the UK.
A new cohort joins us every September, at the start of the academic year, with a residential retreat held at Cumberland Lodge.
A unique opportunity
Launched in 2014, Cumberland Lodge Scholarships are designed to fit around the demands of doctoral research. They are open to students of any age who are enrolled on a doctoral programme (on a part-time or full-time basis), and to those undertaking professional doctorates as well as more traditional paths of study.
Cumberland Lodge Scholars play an active role in our interdisciplinary conferences, consultations, public lectures and other programmes, and receive ongoing mentoring and support from our staff.
They have the chance to network with senior figures in public life and to participate in, or help to lead discussions with, people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives that ultimately inform recommendations for practical action and policy change.