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Bursary places available for PhD students – Faith & Belief 2040: Fostering Social Cohesion Conference, 23-24 April 2020

I am writing to you to let you know about a great opportunity for PhD students to attend our two-day residential conference, Faith & Belief 2040: Fostering Social Cohesion, at Cumberland Lodge on 23-24 April 2020.

This conference explores how the ways in which people identify with faith and belief are changing. Research suggests that the current transformation constitutes the most fundamental shift for centuries, even millennia. In the UK, this change has specific contextual parameters, including, but not limited to: the declining identification by people as Anglicans and growing numbers of non-denominational Christians; the arising diversity in those communities with regard to modes of faith and belief practice; the expansion and growing assertiveness of non-Christian faiths; and the increasing number of people who are non-religious or have no specific faith or belief (a trend that is particularly pronounced amongst younger people). Looking ahead to the likely faith and belief landscape of 2040, this conference aims to prepare decision-makers and practitioners for challenges and opportunities that might arise from these transformations.

Mindful of the scale and complexity of the subject, the conference aims not to define detailed solutions, but to provide a platform to:

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges that result from the current trajectory of change in the religion and belief landscape, in terms of social cohesion, state institutions and community life;
  • Consider what short- and medium-term steps might and could be taken by policymakers, faith leaders and religious communities, civil society actors and others to prepare for historical shifts by promoting shared values and inclusive visions of belonging, and to reflect on possible barriers to taking action;
  • Produce an expert Cumberland Lodge Report with key findings and recommendations, which will be refined at a Consultation and subsequently presented to policymakers, leaders, influencers, civil society and practitioners at a Report Launch in central London.

The conference will start at 10am on Thursday 23 April, and finish at 3.30pm on Friday 24 April 2020. Bursary recipients are expected to attend the whole event.

This Conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule in order to enable frank and productive conversations.

In case you are unfamiliar with Cumberland Lodge, the charity was founded in 1947 and seeks to empower people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division. We convene multi-sector, interdisciplinary conferences, seminars and panel debates to engage people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives in candid conversations on societal and ethical issues that affect us all. We commission rigorous, interdisciplinary research to guide these conversations, and we refine key themes of discussion into practical, policy-focused recommendations. We actively involve young people in all aspects of our work, to nurture their potential as future leaders and change-makers.

We are pleased to be able to offer five bursaries for this conference, to support PhD students working in relevant fields with the costs of travelling to and from Cumberland Lodge. All conference costs, shared-accommodation and meals will be provided.

To find out more about the conference and to download the bursary application form, please visit our website. The application form can be downloaded on the right-hand side of the webpage. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 16 March 2020.

Opportunity for PhD students at The Alan Turing Institute (deadline: 21 Jan)

The Alan Turing Institute Enrichment scheme is now open for applications and offers students enrolled on a doctoral programme at a UK university an opportunity to boost their research project with a placement at the Turing for up to 12 months.

Enrichment places are offered for 6, 9, or 12 months with start dates in October 2020 and January 2021 on a full or part time basis. Places are based at the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London where students will continue their PhD with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations.

Enrichment students may be eligible for a stipend top up of up to £7,000 (exact maximum to be confirmed) and/or a travel allowance.

We welcome students from a broad range of academic disciplines with a strong research interest in data science or AI.

For details of how to apply students can visit our website.

The deadline for applications is 21st January 2020

Call for Applications: Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist positions to begin July 2020. Interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions are available in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in either (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline – such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, law, history, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts ― and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, which includes up to nine postdoctoral Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, Jd, MD, etc.) by July 1, 2020, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2015.

Please visit our online application site at bit.ly/RAPS-pssn2020 for further information about this posting and to submit your application. For more information about the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University, please visit bit.ly/pssn2020.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Cumberland Lodge Colloquia Scheme 2019

Cumberland Lodge, based in Windsor Great Park, is an educational charity that seeks to tackle social divisions by promoting creative thinking and inclusive dialogue.  I work with Dr Rachel Smillie on the Education Team, and together we organise and manage the Lodge’s events and scholarships aimed at both students and early career researchers.

Cumberland Colloquia –

The Cumberland Colloquia gives early career researchers and postgraduates the opportunity to design and run a 24 hour interdisciplinary conference (spread over two days) with the support of the Cumberland Lodge team.  Since we established the scheme in 2012, the subjects discussed have been incredibly varied, yet consistently seek to address topical issues facing society.  Our two most recent colloquia titles are listed below:

  • The Politics of (Post) Truth, October 2018
  • Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty, September 2017

We particularly welcome applications which relate to social cohesion.  The successful applicants can expect to host their event in March 2020.

For more information, and to download an application form, please visit cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/colloquia

Cumberland Lodge Scholarships 2019 –

Our two-year scholarships are designed to fit around, and enhance scholar’s doctoral studies. They provide a unique opportunity to develop communications, public engagement and interdisciplinary skills. The Scholarships also offers:

  • A unique opportunity to network with senior figures in public life, including: leading academics, politicians, civil servants, chief executives, faith leaders, journalists and frontline activists
  • Mentoring in intellectual leadership
  • Training in communications and public engagement
  • Opportunities to take part in interdisciplinary discussions and debates on pressing social and ethical issues

Applications to become a 2019-21 Scholar will open on Friday 1st March 2019.

For full details and to apply online, please visit cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/our-scholarships.