Cumberland Lodge awards ten new fellowships to PhD students from across the UK

Our new cohort will take up their new roles at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.

Collage of portraits of ten new Cumberland Lodge Scholars joining in autumn 2020

Ten PhD students have been selected to take up Cumberland Lodge Fellowships in September 2020. They come from a wide range of universities and academic disciplines.

We received 190 applications for this year’s fellowships and this year all our interviews were virtual. The successful applicants were chosen on the basis of their personal commitment to promoting social progress and collaborating across academic disciplines, as well as for their academic excellence.

The Cumberland Lodge Fellowship programme was launched in 2014. It gives doctoral students the opportunity to be closely involved with our work for two years. They will develop the skills and networks to become future leaders and change-makers after their PhDs.

The fellowship programme helps them to deepen their understanding of pressing societal issues, and develop valuable skills in public engagement, networking, communication and interdisciplinary working.

Every year, one of the ten Fellows is nominated by Cara, the Council for At-Risk Academics, which supports academics would are at risk of persecution, conflict or violence in their home countries to study or work in the UK.

Meet our new Fellows

We are pleased to announce that the Fellows joining us this autumn are:

  • Adenike Adewuni, University of Surrey
  • Avani Amalya Tandon Vieira, University of Cambridge
  • Dareen Assaf, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Martha Beard, University of Brighton
  • Antonin Ficatier, University of Birmingham
  • Chandni Patel, University of Liverpool
  • Hannah Phillips, University of Oxford
  • Neofytos Sakellaridis Mangouras, University of Glasgow
  • Robyn Smith, Brunel University London
  • Samir Sweida-Metwally, University of Bristol

Our new Fellows’ areas of research span: the development of legal theory; the ethics of digital technology; peacebuilding in Northern Ireland; female leadership in higher education; healthy lifestyles and nutrition; 20th-century literary cultures in Mumbai, India; the wellbeing of refugees and asylum-seekers in London; pioneering cancer research; ethnic and religious discrimination; and policy frameworks around violence against women.

The 2020-22 cohort will take part in an initial weekend retreat, at the beginning of the new academic year.

Our current cohort of Fellows will complete the programme this August, and they will remain an integral part of our global Cumberland Lodge community, in future.

Future applications

Applications for Fellows to join us in September 2021 will open in early spring 2021.

Details will be posted on our website, as well as via social media (#clScholarships), and through doctoral schools at universities across the UK.