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Cumberland Lodge Christmas Conference

Cumberland Lodge International PGR Christmas Conference

We invite applications from PhD students for two fully funded places at the major national postgraduate conference, the Commonwealth & International Student Christmas Conference Monday 18th- Wednesday 20th December 2023. The University will cover registration, room and board in single occupancy rooms for two selected candidates.

Conference Detail

Since 1947, Cumberland Lodge has opened their historic house and grounds to extend a warm welcome to students from all over the world who are currently studying in the UK. You can enjoy thought-provoking seminars and workshops, meeting others who are studying away from home, and experiencing a British Christmas in our beautiful 17th century home and surrounding park.

Our interdisciplinary programme is designed to inspire discussion and debate on key themes related to our work, supported by guest speakers and facilitators. In recent years, these have included academics, comedians, film directors, artists and musicians.

Our theme for this year is the role of festivals in bringing people together, and understanding how we can have better conversations over the dinner table with those who might hold different views. The programme will also include:

  • A carol service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, close to Cumberland Lodge
  • A guided winter trail through Windsor Great Park (weather permitting)
  • A traditional Christmas dinner, including a visit from Father Christmas
  • Evening entertainment.


We are inviting applications from PGRs who are:

  • International
  • UK-based
  • in any discipline
  • in any year of study

As a condition of the funding, we expect a short report to be written after attending the conference to share your experiences so that we may use this on our website or in marketing materials in the future. We will then, once this has been submitted, reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Previous Feedback

“An enlightening Christmas celebration with new knowledge, new friends, new experiences and new perspectives, all are appreciated. I am grateful for the new perspectives. The Slogan or Motto under the logo of Cumberland Lodge is ‘ exchanging views, inspiring minds’, which is exactly the best takeaways for me personally out of this conference." Meifang Zhuo, 2022 Conference attendee

Application Deadline - 25th October 2023, 23:59 (GMT)

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

You will be required to provide a statement of interest indicating what skills and experiences you hope to gain from attending this conference (300 words maximum).

Your application will be considered on the basis of your written statement. You must be available to attend the full conference in Windsor from 18 to 20 December 2023. The successful candidates will be notified by 27th November 2023.