Ten PhD students from universities across the UK joined us for the first time this week, to take up their 2019-21 Cumberland Lodge Scholarships.

More than 200 applications were received for this year's scholarships, and the successful applicants were selected on the basis of their personal commitment to promoting social progress and working across academic disciplines, as well as for their academic excellence.

The Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme was launched in 2014, to give doctoral students based at UK universities the unique opportunity to be involved with the work of the Lodge over two years.

This is the first year that we have offered ten Scholarships, supported by our charitable funds, thanks in large part to the generosity of the Friends of Cumberland Lodge.

Social progress and interdisciplinary working

Our Scholars have the chance to participate in our interdisciplinary conferences, expert consultations, panel debates and report launches.

They gain experience of working collaboratively and networking with people from different academic disciplines, writing blog posts and newsletter articles for non-academic audiences, recording podcasts, public speaking, chairing panel discussions, and engaging in cross-sector discussions with people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives, including prominent leaders and influencers. They also benefit from ongoing mentoring in public engagement and access to our extensive networks in academia and public life.

Our aim is to nurture future leaders and change-makers, empowering them to promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, in their lives and careers, both inside and outside of academia.

Since 2017, one of our new Scholars each year has been nominated by 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. This year, our nominated Scholar is from Syria.

Former Scholars retain a close association with the work of the Lodge, as they transition from doctoral research into their postdoctoral careers.

Meet our new Scholars

Biographies of each of our new Scholars can be found on the People pages of our website.

Our 2019-21 Cumberland Lodge Scholars are:

Jessica Adams, University of East London

Rachel Carlill, University of East Anglia

Heather Hatton, University of Hull

Anna Jungbluth, University of Oxford

Anna Kumacheva, Lancaster University

Matthew Leavesley, University of Lincoln

Aida Maaz, University of Bath

Kristin O'Donnell, University of Brighton

Linamaria Pintor Escobar, Edge Hill University

Tyson Rallens, University of Oxford

Scholars' retreat

Last weekend, our new cohort joined us for their inaugural retreat at Cumberland Lodge, to meet each other, learn more about our work, and take part in training and development sessions on public engagement, including public speaking, podcasts, and writing for non-academic audiences.

They also had the chance to hear from one of our trustees, Jane Furniss, about her life in public service, and to meet our 2018-20 cohort of Scholars.

Our second-year Scholars were tasked with helping us to plan a new St Catharine's Session to deliver to visiting student groups. On the final day of the retreat they had the chance to run their proposed sessions for fellow Scholars and staff. The new session will be available to visiting groups from this autumn.

Applications for 2020-21

Applications for Scholars to join us in September 2020 will open in early spring 2020.

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