Cumberland Lodge offers doctoral students in the UK a unique opportunity to benefit from a close association with our work and discussions for two years.
Cumberland Lodge Fellows taking part in a cross-sector discussion at Cumberland Lodge

The Cumberland Lodge Fellowship 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 from a cross-sector perspective, and developing valuable skills in public engagement, networking, communication and interdisciplinary working.

Every year in the spring, nine Cumberland Lodge Fellows are selected through a competitive application that is open to doctoral students from universities and higher education institutions across the UK. 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 Amy Buller PhD Scholar, who is supported financially to complete a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, also becomes a Cumberland Lodge Fellow for the duration of his or her three-year Scholarship.

A unique opportunity

Launched in 2014 and originally known as the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship, the Cumberland Lodge Fellowship 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.

We do not provide financial assistance for tuition fees or maintenance, but we do provide Fellows attending our events with meals, accommodation and economy-rate travel expenses to and from our events within the UK, from our charitable funds.

Cumberland Lodge Fellows 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.

What's involved?

Ten new Fellows join us each year in September, at the start of the academic year, beginning with a residential weekend retreat at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, to which the previous year’s cohort of Fellows are also invited.

Our Cumberland Lodge Fellows are expected to play an active role in both our digital and physical events each year, including: residential conferences and other events at Cumberland Lodge evening report launches and dialogues held in central London; and other activities such as our weekend Fellows’ Retreat in the autumn.

Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of our programme of events and activities, and are expected to act as an ambassador for our work and programmes, at university and beyond.

In the course of the two-year Fellowship, our Fellows get involved in:

  • Leading workshops and/or chairing panel discussions
  • Taking part in cross-sector discussions
  • Proactively networking with leaders and influencers, students and practitioners from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds, at Cumberland Lodge events
  • Supporting Cumberland Lodge staff with event facilitation
  • Writing engaging newsletter articles and blog posts, and recording podcasts with our guests
  • Providing feedback on events and activities they participate in
  • Supporting the promotion of our activities and dissemination of our digital resources and publications to the wider public.

Personal development

Fellows are invited to apply for a Personal Development Grant of up to £300 during the two-year fellowship period, to use creatively to enhance their skills and promote progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

How to apply

Our next application round, to select Cumberland Lodge Fellows to join us from September 2022, will open in spring 2022. Applications are normally accepted throughout March and into April, with dates and full details posted on this page.

If you have any questions about applying, or your eligibility, please email Sarah Galvin (Programme Administrator) at

To register your interest to become a Fellow in 2022-24, please email 


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 fellowship 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 Fellow’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 Fellowship 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 Fellows

Follow the links below to find out more about our current Fellows.


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


Ellen Bristow, Cardiff University

Julia Buzan, London School of Economics

Henna Cundill, Aberdeen University

Joshua Ettinger, University of Oxford

Hannah Gumble, University College London

Callum O’Malley, University of Kent

Andrew Marks, University of Edinburgh

Scott Matafwali, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Nour Nashed, University of Sussex

Rachel Newell, Queen’s University Belfast

Our 2020-23 Amy Buller PhD Scholar, who is also a Cumberland Lodge Fellow, is Joshua Rice from Royal Holloway, University of London.