Internal Deadline: November 21, 2013
Liaison: Troy Cross
DescriptionJohn Sperling '48, founder of the University of Phoenix and an alumnus of both Reed College and Cambridge University, has committed funds to support Reed graduates in the pursuit of a three-year doctoral degree at Cambridge University in England. Sperling, whose degree from Reed was in history, earned a master's degree in political history at the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in economic history from Cambridge University on a fellowship from the University of California. The Studentship: King's College, Cambridge University, and Reed College seek applications from Reed graduates for the Sperling Studentship, a three-year doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University. The Studentship will cover three years of tuition, college and university fees, and room and board. Applications will be considered in all graduate fields at Cambridge University except medicine. Potential applicants should be aware that the majority of Ph.D. programs require a master's degree and that the three-year doctoral programs at Cambridge presume superior academic training and performance. Doctoral students at Cambridge are expected to work closely with specific tutors and to move quickly into their own area of research.
EligibilityReed graduates from 1995 to 2013 (all classes graduated since the inception of the award) are eligible to apply for the Sperling Studentship through Reed's Committee on Fellowships and Awards. Reed may nominate up to three ranked candidates to King's College. The nominees apply directly to their chosen doctoral programs for admission. The highest-ranking nominee admitted to the doctoral program and to King's College is awarded the scholarship. Applications will be considered in all graduate fields at Cambridge University except medicine. These three-year doctoral programs require superior academic training and performance, and students are expected to work closely with specific tutors and to move almost immediately into their own independent and original research. Most of the programs, with the exception of some in the sciences and mathematics, require a master's degree for admission; thus a Reed graduate who does not have graduate experience comparable to a master's degree should be cautioned about the suitability of this competition. In addition, it is virtually impossible for an applicant to be admitted to a Cambridge doctoral program without the explicit endorsement of the student's potential adviser; thus applicants should be well informed about the program to which they are applying, and in contact with the future adviser.
Potential applicants are asked to request application information from Michelle Johnson in Greywood. Internal applications are due by noon on November 21 and must include detailed information about the Ph.D. program to which the candidate wishes to apply. The Cambridge University Graduate Prospectus can be found online (http://admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/). Applications for the Sperling Studentship are reviewed by Reed's Committee on Fellowships and Awards. The Committee will seek evidence of the applicant's capacity to complete the Studentship with distinction. Reed students and graduates interested in the Sperling Studentship should also check out the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program (http://www.gatescambridge.org/).
For additional Reed-specific commentary on the Gates, go to (http://people.reed.edu/%7ebrashiek/Rhodes-Marshall/gates.html, also accessed by going to http://web.reed.edu/academic/studentgrants/fellowships/sponsored/marshall.html and clicking on “Valuable information and advice” at the bottom.