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Bauer Studentships

The Council of Gonville and Caius College invite applications for Bauer Studentships. These studentships have been endowed by the estate of Lord Bauer and are intended to help gifted graduate students to whom funding would not otherwise be available, to undertake study at Cambridge. They are open both to existing graduate members pursuing an approved postgraduate course, or to candidates who are not already members of the College but who propose to register as graduate students in the University of Cambridge and follow an approved postgraduate course at Gonville and Caius.

The value of the Studentship will be determined after considering successful candidates' income from other sources.

All successful candidates will have the right, if unmarried, to live in College accommodation during their first year of residence in Cambridge. Married students can usually be accommodated in a College flat.

Tenure of a studentship is conditional upon the elected student being accepted for admission to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). Candidates will be expected to be of outstanding academic ability.

To apply, please download and complete the application form for the Bauer Studentship: pdf document or word document. The completed form should reach the Admissions Office by 1 March in the year you expect to enter Cambridge, by e-mail at: In awarding the Studentship, first consideration will be given to candidates who nominate Gonville and Caius College as their College of first preference in their application to the Board of Graduate Studies.

The award of a Studentship may be conditional upon the candidate's obtaining satisfactory results in his or her final degree examinations.

Lord Bauer’s Legacy

Peter Bauer (1934) came to Cambridge from Hungary with very little English and even less money and succeeded in becoming one of the most respected economists of his generation. When he died in May 2002, shortly after winning the first Milton Friedman (1953) Prize for Advancing Liberty, he left a substantial bequest to fund scholarships and bursaries for undergraduates and graduates “to whom funding would not otherwise be available”.

Bauer was conscious of his debt to those who had supported him during his early days at Caius and wanted to do the same for gifted young people in the next generation, even though he himself would never meet them. Unusually, to maximize the impact of his gift, he stipulated that both the capital and the interest should be spent within a few years of his death.

He wished the scholarships to commemorate two exceptional friends and colleagues, Richard Goode (1934), a Spitfire pilot who was killed in action in World War Two at the age of 25, and Sir Ronald Fisher (1909), the celebrated statistician and biologist, winner of the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1955 and President of Caius from 1956 to 1959. Lord Bauer’s executors have agreed that a bursary or scholarship awarded from the fund should also bear his own name.

In 2008, Fisher and Goode Bursaries were awarded to Chinese students of Engineering, to help with the costs of their Master's year of study at Caius. Since the inauguration of the Bauer Fund, several graduate students have benefited from its support.