Cumberland Lodge offers bursary schemes to help more students to benefit from participating in our conferences and study retreats.
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Our bursaries are provided from our charitable funds, to help students with limited financial means to participate in conference discussions that are relevant to their fields of research, or to join subsidised study retreats at Cumberland Lodge with their peers.

As these places are limited, bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, according to greatest need and relevance.

The number we offer varies each year, according to demand. For example, in 2018-19 we awarded 35 bursaries, including 21 for students joining study retreats at Cumberland Lodge and 14 to help people take part in our conferences

Conference bursaries

For details of our forthcoming conferences, see our What's On pages.

We offer bursaries to support doctoral students or trainee officers working in relevant fields with the costs of travelling to and from conferences at Cumberland Lodge. This is available in the form of a contribution towards reasonable travel expenses.

To enquire about applying for a bursary, please contact our Programme team at or call us on 01784 770842.

Study retreat bursaries

For visiting study retreat groups, the number of bursaries available depends on the number of students in the group, and where there are more applicants than available places, partial bursaries will often be awarded.

For a group of 15-25 students we offer one free place, for groups of 26-50 students we offer up to two free places, and for groups of over 50 we offer up to three free places, according to the financial circumstances of participants.

These awards are intended to help students with limited financial means to join a visiting group. Please note that all bursary arrangements should be agreed well in advance of a group's visit.

For further information, please email us at:

"I left with a renewed sense of self-confidence, increased self-awareness, a deeper love of my research area, new friendships and the promise of collaborating on an interdisciplinary paper with fellow PhD students whom I would never have met had I not attended the conference." - Liz Charalambous, nurse and PhD student, 'Life Beyond the PhD' conference bursary recipient, 2017