Library and Founders Building at Royal Holloway, University of London

Applications now open for 2020-23! Full details below.

Our Amy Buller PhD Scholarship offers an outstanding PhD candidate full funding for three years, to complete a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, on a research area aligned to the charitable objectives of Cumberland Lodge.

We are currently seeking a Scholar to join us in September 2020, and applications close at midnight on Monday 3 February 2020. Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with research proposals in the fields of Sociology, Social Geography, Social Policy and Criminology, Politics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, the History of World War II (including the period before and after the war), and Psychology.

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

The Scholar is  based in their academic department at Royal Holloway's campus in Egham, but also receives mentoring and support from academic staff and associates at Cumberland Lodge in nearby Windsor Great Park.

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

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.

The role involves carrying out 12 residential weekend duties at Cumberland Lodge per year, helping to host our visiting student study retreat groups. This will sometimes involve helping to facilitate our St Catharine’s Sessions, short seminars focused on particular areas of social and ethical interest outside of students' normal fields of academic study.

In addition to this teaching experience, the Amy Buller PhD Scholar has the opportunity to network with public figures and academics from a wide range of disciplines, and will be periodically invited to contribute essays, blogs and podcasts, and to give informal talks to our visiting groups.

He or she is expected to act as an ambassador for the Lodge at high-profile conferences and during student retreats, and to support our work with postgraduate students.

The Amy Buller PhD Scholar is free to use the resources and facilities at Cumberland Lodge to further their research.

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.

Apply now for 2020-23

To find out more about applying for our 2020-23 scholarship, please read the application pack in the 'Downloads' box on this webpage.

If you wish to find out more, please initially contact the relevant Director of Postgraduate Education at Royal Holloway to find out about potential supervisors and discuss your research proposal further. Please also feel free to make any informal enquiries about the scholarship to Sarah Galvin, our Programme Administrator, at

To apply, please submit your PhD application to Royal Holloway using the college's online application portal, and email your CV and a covering letter, outlining how you meet the eligibility criteria, to Janet Heaney, Doctoral School Recruitment & Scholarships Administration Manager at Royal Holloway, at

Application deadline

The deadline for applications (including PhD application and the scholarship application by CV and covering letter) is midnight on Monday 3 February 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at Cumberland Lodge, w/c 23 March 2020.

Amy Buller, author of 'Darkness over Germany'

This scholarship is named after Amy Buller, whose vision led to the founding of the educational foundation at Cumberland Lodge, with the support of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), in 1947.

Royal Holloway, University of London

The Amy Buller PhD Scholarship is jointly funded by Cumberland Lodge and Royal Holloway, University of London.