Ten doctoral students from universities across the UK have been selected to become Cumberland Lodge Scholars for a two-year term, starting in September 2019.

For the third year running, one of the cohort of ten has been nominated by the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara), which provides academics who are suffering persecution, discrimination or violence around the world, including those from war-torn countries, with the practical, financial and personal support to come to the UK and work in safety until they can return to their home countries.

Nurturing future leaders and change-makers

The Cumberland Lodge Scholarship scheme was launched in 2014, to give doctoral students entering their first or second year or study the chance to hone their public engagement, communications, collaborative and event facilitiation skills, through a close involvement in our interdisciplinary conference series and educational programmes.

For the first five years of the scheme, we supported up to seven scholars per year from our charitable funds, but this year we are pleased to announce that the scheme has been expanded to support ten students, from a wide range of backgrounds.

Our Scholars 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. They can also apply for a Personal Development Grant of up to £300 during their scholarship, to use creatively to enhance their skills and promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

New scholars

We are pleased to announce that our Cumberland Lodge Scholars for 2019-21 will be:

Jessica Adams - University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries

Rachel Carlill, School of International Development, University of East Anglia

Heather Hatton - University of Hull, Department of History

Anna Jungbluth - University of Oxford, Department of Physics

Anna Kumacheva - Lancaster University, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Matthew Leavesley - University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Science

Aida Maaz - University of Bath, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Kristin O'Donnell - University of Brighton, School of Humanities, Centre for Memory, Narratives and Histories

Linamaria Pintor Escobar - Edge Hill University, Department of Biology

Tyson Rallens - University of Oxford, Said Business School

'Meaningful dialogue'

Speaking about her upcoming scholarship, Heather Hutton, a former secondary school teacher about to embark on a PhD in American colonial history at the University of Hull, said, 'I am both honoured and immensely excited to have been awarded a Cumberland Lodge Scholarship. The scholarship provides a unique opportunity for doctoral students to participate in interdisciplinary conferences and events which address pressing social and ethical issues facing the UK and the world today.

'I am hoping the scholarship will enable me to develop my public engagement, networking and event facilitation skills. However, most of all I am looking forward to engaging in meaningful dialogue with scholars, outside of my academic discipline, and contributing to vitally important discussions concerning the causes and effects of social divisions within our society.'

Another upcoming Scholar, Kristin O'Donnell, said, 'I’m absolutely delighted to be awarded this Scholarship, and really excited to contribute to the important conversations that Cumberland Lodge facilitates.

'Having recently attended the Difficult Histories & Positive Identities conference, I’ve seen first-hand the way that Cumberland Lodge can create meaningful connections between scholars, activists, and policymakers, and I look forward to being a part of those important discussions over the years to come.'

Kristin is a cultural historian, working on a PhD in social memory at the University of Brighton.

Find out more

Biographies of our Cumberland Lodge Scholars, past and present, can be found here.

Biographies of our upcoming Scholars for 2019-21 will also be published, later in the summer.