Cumberland Lodge Scholars

Our two-year Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme offers six doctoral students the opportunity to be involved in the work of Cumberland Lodge each year.

Launched in 2014, the scheme is open to doctoral students studying in the UK and is designed to fit around the demands of doctoral research. The scheme is open to students of any age enrolled on a doctoral programme, including those studying both full and part time, and to those undertaking professional doctorates as well as more traditional paths of study.

Scholars are given the opportunity to take an active role in conferences outside their own academic disciplines. By getting involved in helping to facilitate our inter-disciplinary, cross-sector conferences and lectures, they gain experience of working collaboratively, engaging in cross-disciplinary discussions and writing blogs and short reports for different audiences.

Through this they develop public engagement, networking, communication and event co-ordination skills. 

Our scholars are required to attend events at the Lodge on at least six days of the year and to participate in at least two evening engagements per year.

Personal development

Scholars are eligible to apply for a personal development grant of up to £300 over the two-year scholarship period, which they should use in a creative way to promote ‘the betterment of society’.

Please note that the scholarship does not provide financial assistance for tuition fees or maintenance.


Applications to become a Cumberland Lodge Scholar from 2019 - 2021 will open in March 2019.

Further information on the scheme can be downloaded from the 'Downloads' box. If your question(s) remains unanswered, please contact our Education Officer, Dr Rachel Smillie, at


Read more on our Scholars' blog page, here.