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.
Scholars are expected to play an active role in at least two of our residential events at Cumberland Lodge, and other activities each year, including our annual weekend Scholars’ Retreat in the autumn. They have the opportunity to contribute to the development of our programme of events and educational activities, and to be an ambassador for our work and programmes, at university and beyond.
In the course of the two-year Scholarship, our Scholars get involved in:
- Leading workshops and/or chairing panel discussions
- Taking part in cross-sector discussions
- Proactively networking with fellow delegates at Cumberland Lodge events
- Supporting Cumberland Lodge staff with event facilitation
- Writing engaging newsletter articles, blog posts and recording podcasts with guests
- Providing feedback on events and activities you have been involved with
- Supporting the promotion of our programmes and outputs to the wider public.
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.
Our 2019-21 cohort of Cumberland Lodge Scholars was appointed in spring 2019 and joined us in September 2019.
We are now recruiting for a new cohort of Scholars for 2020-22. To apply, please complete the application form, which is available to download from this webpage, and return it to Sarah Galvin, Programme Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted from Monday 2 March to Friday 17 April 2020 (midnight).
Applicants shortlisted for interview will be informed by Thursday 30 April 2020, and interviews will take place on Monday 4 May 2020, at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
- To take part in our competitive application process, you must be able to demonstrate that you are:
- Committed to promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, through your academic research and/or other activities
- Studying for a doctorate at a UK university (in any academic discipline or area of study), for the duration of the scholarship period*
- Able to provide the names of two referees (one academic, i.e. your doctoral supervisor, and one non-academic) who will vouch for your eligibility and support your application
- Able to attend the initial residential Scholar’s Retreat on 11 - 13 September 2020, as well as commit to the full two-year programme, as outlined above.
You will also need to demonstrate an openness to working across disciplines and engaging with a wide range of subject matters, and an understanding of how the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship will benefit your work and life, both now and in the future.
* Please note:
- We accept all types of doctoral study equally, including full-time, part-time and non-traditional pathways or professional doctorate programmes. You will most likely be in the first year of your doctorate;
- If you are currently registered for a Master’s degree and hope to go on to study for a doctorate, you will not yet be eligible;
- If you are on an agreed pathway to doctoral study, but have not yet transferred from Master’s to doctoral status, you are eligible to apply, providing your supervisor can confirm that you are already working to doctoral standard, as part of your application.
What Scholars are saying
‘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.
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
2019 - 2021
Jessica Adams, University of East London
Rachel Carlill, University of East Anglia
Heather Hatton, University of Hull
Anna Jungbluth, University of Oxford
Anna Kumacheva, Lancaster University
Matthew Leavesley, University of Lincoln
Aida Maaz, University of Bath
Kristin O'Donnell, University of Brighton
Linamaria Pintor Escobar, Edge Hill University
Tyson Rallens, University of Oxford