We are pleased to welcome Amber Pierce, a first-year PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, as our new Amy Buller PhD Scholar for 2017-19.

She replaces our inaugural scholar, Katherine O'Lone, on the three-year scholarship.

Amber has been studying at Royal Holloway since 2013. She recently completed an MA in Holocaust Studies, researching the role of historians as witnesses in Holocaust denial trials. She also has a first-class BA degree in History.

This year she will be embarking on the first year of her PhD, exploring the changing relationship between prosecutors and historians in international criminal tribunals, from the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-46 to the present day.

Amber has previouisly volunteered with the British Heart Foundation and she gives weekly talks on Holocaust artefacts at The Jewish Museum in London.

She is also  a member of the University of London Boat Club, where she has rowed at a national level and will be Club Secretary in 2017/18.

'Optimum potential'

On taking up our scholarship she said, 'With this award from Cumberland Lodge and its vision of more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, and with the support of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, I feel as if my research will be able to meet its optimum potential.' 

During her three-year association with the Lodge, Amber will benefit from the mentoring and support of our academic staff and access to public figures in our wider networks. She will also have the opportunity to contribute essays, research briefings, blogs and informal talks to some of our visiting groups.

Following in Katherine's footsteps she will be playing an active role in the residential life of the Lodge, by welcoming and supporting visiting student groups and helping to facilitate some of our St Catharine’s Sessions.

Amber will also act as an ambassador for Cumberland Lodge, both at high-profile conferences and during student retreats, and help to support our work with other postgraduate students.

Further information

Named after one of the founders of Cumberland Lodge, the Amy Buller PhD Scholarship is open to candidates from any academic discipline who wish to conduct doctoral research on a subject connected to the charitable objectives of Cumberland Lodge.

Find out more about our Amy Buller PhD Scholarship here.