Amy Buller

Named after one of the founders of Cumberland Lodge, our Amy Buller PhD Scholarship is open to candidates from any academic discipline who wish to conduct doctoral research on a subject connected to the charitable objectives of the trust at Cumberland Lodge.

Every three years we welcome applications that adopt an interdisciplinary approach and address the root causes and symptoms of social divisions.

Funded by Cumberland Lodge and Royal Holloway, University of London, this three-year, full-time studentship will next be available from September 2020.

In addition to covering Home/EU tuition fees, the Amy Buller Scholar receives an annual tax-free stipend of £12,600 and a contribution of up to £500 annually towards research expenses.

He or she is based in their academic department at Royal Holloway but also receives mentoring and support from academic staff and associates at Cumberland Lodge.

Our inaugural scholar, Katherine O'Lone, completed her three-year term in September 2017 and our current scholar, Amber Pierce, joined us in October 2017.

What's involved?

The Amy Buller PhD Scholar plays an active role in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge and benefits from their association with an educational charity with a vision of building more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

He or she performs 12 residential duties per year, including facilitating our 'St Catharine’s Sessions’ – seminars focused on areas of social and ethical interest – for visiting student groups.

In addition to this teaching experience, the scholar given access to a range of public figures and is invited to contribute essays, research briefings, blogs and informal talks to visiting groups. They act as an ambassador for the Lodge at high-profile conferences and during student retreats, and support our work with postgraduate students.

The Amy Buller PhD Scholar joins a thriving scholarship scheme and is free to use the resources and facilities at Cumberland Lodge to further their research, including office facilities on site.

These opportunities enable the successful candidate to enhance his or her own public engagement and teaching profile, and to contribute to the impact of the charitable foundation itself.

Find out more

For further details about this scholarship scheme please refer to the leaflet in the 'Downloads' box on this webpage. or else contact our Programme Team at

Applications to become our 2020 - 2023 Amy Buller PhD Scholar will open in Spring 2020.

Royal Holloway, University of London