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 Scholar taking part in a cross-sector discussion at Cumberland Lodge

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 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 Scholars are selected through a competitive application that is open to doctoral students from universities and higher education institutions across the UK, 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.

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.

We 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.

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.

This video was made in 2016.

What's involved?

Ten new Scholars 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 Scholars are also invited.

Our Cumberland Lodge Scholars 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 Scholars’ Retreat in the autumn. In 2022, we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Cumberland Lodge. Scholars will be an integral part of the activities.

Scholars 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 Scholarship, our Scholars 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

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

How to apply

To apply for a Cumberland Lodge Scholarship, please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from this webpage, and return it to Sarah Galvin (Programme Administrator) at:  

Applications will be accepted from Monday 1 March to Friday 9 April 2021. 

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be informed by Friday 30 April 2021, and interviews will take place on w/c Monday 3 May 2021, either online via Zoom or (if pandemic restrictions allow) at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. 

Please note that, due to the high number of anticipated applications, we are unable to provide feedback if you are not invited to interview. If you have not heard back from us by Saturday 1 May 2021, we regret that you have not been shortlisted for interview.

If you have any questions that are not answered above, please email us at:


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

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

Rachel Tough, University of East Anglia


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