Cumberland Lodge Scholars

The Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme offers doctoral students based at UK universities the opportunity to set themselves apart, by honing their public engagement, communications and event facilitation skills.

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.


Our Scholarships do not provide financial assistance for tuition fees or maintenance, but we do provide Scholars attending our events with meals, accommodation and travel costs within the UK, from our charitable funds.

What's involved?

Scholars are expected to play an active role in at least two of our residential conferences each year, as well as to attend a weekend Scholars’ Retreat in September, and to travel to central London for the Cumberland Lodge Debate in October.

We also ask our Scholars to write reflective blogs an/or newsletter articles on the events they attend, on a rota basis. 

Training in public speaking and writing for different audiences is provided, along with ongoing mentoring in intellectual leadership.

Personal development

Scholars are eligible to apply for a Personal Development Grant of up to £300 during the scholarship period, to use creatively to enhance their skills and promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.


Applications to become a Cumberland Lodge Scholar in 2019 have now closed. We will be shortlisting in April and interviewing in May 2019. Our new cohort of up to 10 Scholars will join us in September 2019.

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact our Programme Department:

We will be recruiting for a new cohort of Scholars to join us in 2020-22, in February/March 2020.

Cumberland Lodge Scholars


‘It’s incredibly important that, as academics, we look beyond the confines of our disciplines, and consider wider social and ethical problems. Cumberland Lodge gives us the chance to do just that.’ - Dr Sam Fowles, formerly at Queen Mary, University of London

‘The Scholarship was just fantastic! I was guaranteed to meet interesting people… and it renewed my sense of value in doctoral research.’ - Dr Chris Dixon, formerly at University of Sheffield

‘The scholarship’s had a huge impact on my personal and professional development. It’s empowered me to think more creatively about my career path, and given me a stronger commitment to making an impact on society.' - Dr Adelina Sharman, formerly at Coventry University

You can find out more about the experiences of some of our past Scholars here.

Meet our Scholars

Follow the links below to find out more about our current Scholars.

2017 - 2019

Saeed Akkad, University of Kent

Mahmood Ali, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

Amanda McBride, Northumbria University

Celestin Okoroji, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Jack Parsons, University of Oxford

Tamanda Walker, University of Leeds

Ishrat Hussein, University of Oxford


2018 - 2020

Nour Al Kafri, University of Portsmouth

Alexander Blower, University of Wolverhampton

Sarah Clowry, Durham University

Matt Dickinson, University of Oxford

Patricia O'Lynn, Queen's University Belfast

Inna Thalmann, University of Oxford

Angelika Love, University of Oxford