Cumberland Lodge offers fully-funded bursary places to help PhD students working in relevant fields to participate in our residential conferences.

Our bursaries cover all conference  expenses, including attendance, travel expenses, accommodation and meals, for the duration of the event.

Former bursary recipients

Liz Charalambous is a registered nurse and PhD student at the University of Nottingham who applied for a bursary to participate in our annual Life Beyond the PhD conference in September 2017.

In her own words...

‘Cumberland Lodge gave me the opportunity to enter into discussions with, and discover the views of, people from diverse backgrounds.

‘The opportunity to participate in discussions and to explore common concerns with others has allowed me to reflect on my research and to see it from a different perspective, which I hope will enrich the project.

‘I arrived at Cumberland Lodge tired and stressed, with worries, concerns and questions. I left with a renewed sense of self-confidence, increased self-awareness, a deeper love of my research area, new friendships and the promise of collaborating on an interdisciplinary paper with fellow PhD students whom I would never have met had I not attended the conference.

‘Cumberland Lodge is a special place: in a changing world, the underpinning philosophy of inclusion, collaboration and striving for a better society will stay with me for a long time to come.’

Wendy Gill is a PhD student in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. She is exploring whether traditional youth work organisations hold the key to sustainability for 21st-century youth provision, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Wendy participated in our February 2020 conference on Resilient Communities, with a fully-funded bursary place.

In her own words...

‘I had a brilliant time. It was actually the best conference I have attended, in both my professional and academic careers, in relation to knowledge production, the methods used to promote engagement, and the detail applied to its organisation.

‘I loved every minute, and made some great contacts, as well as gaining useful information for my practice and writing of my thesis.’