Amy Buller PhD Scholarship

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge and Royal Holloway, University of London

Cumberland Lodge, an independent educational charity based in Windsor Great Park, seeks applicants for a jointly funded doctoral studentship with Royal Holloway, University of London to commence in the 2017-18 academic year.

This 3-year, full-time studentship is available from September 2017 and, in addition to covering Home/EU tuition fees, offers an annual tax-free stipend of £12,600. The successful candidate will also be eligible to apply for £500 per annum towards research expenses.

Named for one of the founders of Cumberland Lodge, the Amy Buller PhD Scholarship is open to candidates from any academic discipline who wish to conduct doctoral research on a subject connected to the charitable objectives of Cumberland Lodge. Since 1947, Cumberland Lodge has sought to promote the open exchange of ideas across academic and professional boundaries, to ask challenging moral and ethical questions, and to explore the most pressing problems facing society today. Our founding vision is most clearly expressed in Amy Buller’s Darkness over Germany; for Buller, the education system had failed young people and, in leaving them unable to critically evaluate and challenge extremist views, had left them vulnerable to a brutal ideology. Interpreted for the twenty-first century, Cumberland Lodge seeks to understand and address the root causes and effects of social divisions, including disruptive intolerance, to build more tolerant, peaceful, and inclusive societies.

With a focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative working, the Lodge strives to develop intellectual leadership and influence policy on social and ethical issues through our cross-sector conferences and discussions, and provides learning opportunities for leaders and future leaders through our work with schools and universities. Regular users of the Lodge include Government, the NHS, and the Inns of Court. Each year we welcome almost 4,000 students from the UK and elsewhere for conferences, retreats, reading parties and other activities.

The Amy Buller PhD Scholar will play an active role in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge and will benefit from their association with an educational charity. She or he will perform 12 residential duties per year, including facilitating our ‘St Catherine’s Sessions’ – seminars focused on areas of social and ethical interest – for visiting student groups. The successful candidate will join a thriving scholarship scheme and will have access to the resources and facilities at Cumberland Lodge to further their research. These opportunities will help them to enhance their own public engagement and teaching profile, whilst contributing to the impact of the charitable foundation itself.

Applications are invited from any discipline, but are particularly welcomed from the following research areas:

  • Sociology
  • Social policy and criminology
  • Public health
  • Politics and society
  • Religion and society (with an emphasis on inter-faith issues)
  • Economics and society
  • Philosophy and society
  • Management and society
  • Science, technology, and society
  • Institutional history of Cumberland Lodge, broadly construed.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic and interdisciplinary merits. Of particular interest are proposals that demonstrate high-potential academic and non-academic impact.

The successful candidate will be supervised by the appropriate academic department at Royal Holloway, University of London. This supervision will be supplemented by additional mentoring and support from academic staff and associates of Cumberland Lodge.

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Rachel Smillie, Education Officer (Universities and Schools) at:

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