Cumberland Lodge to welcome new doctoral Fellows for 2021-23

Ten new Cumberland Lodge Fellows will be taking part in an induction retreat later this month.

Montage of Cumberland Lodge Fellows 2021-23

Cumberland Lodge has renamed the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship scheme the ‘Cumberland Lodge Fellowship’ and will host a weekend retreat to welcome its ten new Fellows on 10-12 September 2021.

The new title follows a collective suggestion from incumbents, to better reflect the nature of their involvement in the life of the charity.

Unique opportunity for doctoral students

The Cumberland Lodge Fellowship is open to high-potential doctoral students from universities across the UK, who seek to develop their skills in public engagement, networking, communication and interdisciplinary working.

Rather than funding PhD research, it exposes students to a range of unique opportunities to expand their networks and to deepen their understanding of pressing societal issues from cross-sector, interdisciplinary and intergenerational perspectives. The Fellowship spans two academic years and is designed to fit around the demands of doctoral study.

Every year, we select nine new Fellows through a competitive application round, and a tenth is nominated by Cara, 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.

Our Amy Buller PhD Scholar, who is jointly funded by Cumberland Lodge and Royal Holloway, University of London, to complete a PhD in an area of research that aligns with our history and ethos, is also a Cumberland Lodge Fellow for the duration of his or her three-year Scholarship. Our current Amy Buller PhD Scholar is Joshua Rice, who is researching the changing relationship between the Church and minority religious groups in the UK, over time.

New cohort

This academic year, we are pleased to welcome the following doctoral students as our new Cumberland Lodge Fellows:

Ellen Bristow – Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University

Julia Buzan – Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science, London School of Economics

Henna Cundill – The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Aberdeen University

Joshua Ettinger – School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Hannah Gumble – The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Callum O’Malley – Division of Natural Sciences, University of Kent

Andrew Marks – School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Scott Matafwali – Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Nour Nashed – School of Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry, University of Sussex

Rachel Newell – School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Fellows’ Retreat

At the Fellows’ Retreat later this month, these students will join our 11 existing Fellows for a weekend at Cumberland Lodge. They will have the chance to meet our staff, learn more about our history and ethos, explore plans for our 2021-22 programme of conferences and events and experience one of our St Catharine’s Sessions for visiting student groups, and take part in practical workshops on written communication, spoken communication, and facilitating webinars and podcasts.

Over the next two years, they will each be invited to take part in a wide range of discussions and activities at Cumberland Lodge or in central London, to help facilitate some of our discussions, and to contribute to our library of digital resources by writing guest blog posts or short reports.

‘Thought leaders and change makers’

Cumberland Lodge Chief Executive, Canon Dr Ed Newell, said, ‘It’s always special to welcome new Fellows to Cumberland Lodge for the first time. Once again, we were inundated with strong applications this year and the ten Fellows we selected have impressive track-records within and outside of academia, as well as clear personal commitments to using their work to promote social progress.

‘We look forward to getting to know each of them, over the next two years, and immersing them in the life and work of the Lodge, to help prepare them to become thought leaders and change makers in their universities and the world around them.’  

The new Cumberland Lodge Fellows will also have the chance to apply for an individual Personal Development Grant of up to £300, to enhance their skills and support creative initiatives that promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, beyond their involvement in our work and activities.

The Cumberland Lodge Fellowship is supported by the Friends of Cumberland Lodge and our wider network of donors and contributors. You can find out more about this scheme, along with links to information about our second-year Fellows, here.