A Cumberland Lodge Scholarship offers doctoral students who are firmly committed to promoting social progress the chance to set themselves apart, by deepening their understanding of pressing societal issues, and developing valuable skills in public engagement, networking, communication and interdisciplinary working.
Every year, nine Cumberland Lodge Scholars are selected through a competitive application round in the spring, and a tenth is 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.
Our new cohort joins us in September, at the start of the academic year, beginning with a residential weekend retreat at Cumberland Lodge.
A unique opportunity
Launched in 2014, the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme is designed to fit around the demands of doctoral research. It is open to students of any age who are enrolled on a doctoral programme (on a part-time or full-time basis), and to those undertaking professional doctorates as well as more traditional paths of study.
Cumberland Lodge Scholars play an active role in our interdisciplinary conferences, consultations, public lectures and other programmes, and receive ongoing mentoring and support from our staff.
They 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.
Our Scholarships do not provide financial assistance for tuition fees or maintenance, but we do provide Scholars attending our events with meals, accommodation and economy-rate travel expenses to and from our events within the UK, from our charitable funds.
Scholars are expected to play an active role in at least two of our residential events at Cumberland Lodge, and other activities each year, including our annual weekend Scholars’ Retreat in the autumn. They have the opportunity to contribute to the development of our programme of events and educational activities, and to be an ambassador for our work and programmes, at university and beyond.
In the course of the two-year Scholarship, our Scholars get involved in:
- Leading workshops and/or chairing panel discussions
- Taking part in cross-sector discussions
- Proactively networking with fellow delegates at Cumberland Lodge events
- Supporting Cumberland Lodge staff with event facilitation
- Writing engaging newsletter articles, blog posts and recording podcasts with guests
- Providing feedback on events and activities you have been involved with
- Supporting the promotion of our programmes and outputs to the wider public.
Scholars are eligible to apply for a Personal Development Grant of up to £300 during the scholarship period, to use creatively to enhance their skills and promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.
Our 2020-22 cohort of ten Cumberland Lodge Scholars joined us in September 2020, with a socially distanced residential retreat held at Cumberland Lodge.
Applications for 2021-23 will open early in 2021, with interviews held in April/May 2021 for entry to the programme in September 2021. To find out more, please contact our Programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To take part in our competitive application process, you must be able to demonstrate that you are:
- Committed to promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, through your academic research and/or other activities
- Studying for a doctorate at a UK university (in any academic discipline or area of study), for the duration of the scholarship period*
- Able to provide the names of two referees (one academic, i.e. your doctoral supervisor, and one non-academic) who will vouch for your eligibility and support your application
- Able to attend the initial residential Scholar’s Retreat and commit to the full two-year programme, as outlined above.
You will also need to demonstrate an openness to working across disciplines and engaging with a wide range of subject matters, and an understanding of how the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship will benefit your work and life, both now and in the future.
* Please note:
- We accept all types of doctoral study equally, including full-time, part-time and non-traditional pathways or professional doctorate programmes. You will most likely be in the first year of your doctorate;
- If you are currently registered for a Master’s degree and hope to go on to study for a doctorate, you will not yet be eligible;
- If you are on an agreed pathway to doctoral study, but have not yet transferred from Master’s to doctoral status, you are eligible to apply, providing your supervisor can confirm that you are already working to doctoral standard, as part of your application.
Meet our Scholars
Follow the links below to find out more about our current Scholars.
2019 - 2021
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
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