Cumberland Lodge Emerging International Leaders Programme 2017/2018 on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)

Application Deadline: Friday 27 October 2017.

Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) will equip future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network.

It responds to the fact that around three-quarters of the world’s population lives in countries that restrict such freedoms or fail to protect them. It aims to empower scholars to become advocates of human rights in their universities and home countries.


  • The programme is open to postgraduate students who are scholars on the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme and the Chevening Scholarship Scheme.
  • Every year, 50 high-potential candidates are selected and supported with gaining an in-depth understanding of the importance of the freedom of religion or belief

Key themes

We will be addressing the following key questions:

  • Why is freedom of religion or belief important?
  • How does freedom of religion or belief intersect with other freedoms?
  • What are the successes/failings of existing national and international policies on freedom of religion or belief?
  • How can existing human rights frameworks be supplemented, supported and implemented?

The programme will involve:

  • Residential Retreats at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park (see dates below)
  • Multi-disciplinary discussion with academics, advocates, policy-makers, and activists
  • Lectures, workshops, and peer-to-peer learning
  • An exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the role and position of religion in the public sphere, religious literacy, and inter-faith dialogue
  • Analysis of practical responses to violations of FoRB worldwide.

Participants will look at Freedom of Religion or Belief in a contemporary, global context and have the opportunity to engage in a multi-disciplinary discussion with academics, advocates, policy makers, activists, and their peers.

Participants will be required to attend all three retreats, on the following dates in 2017 and 2018:

  • 15 – 17 December 2017
  • 2 – 4 February 2018
  • 6 – 8 April 2018.


Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected], with your Commonwealth or Chevening ID and full name in the subject line.

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please contact Dr Rachel Smillie, our Education Officer, by emailing: [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Cumberland Lodge Emerging International Leaders Programme 2017/2018


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