Bertram Scholarship: Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (CFGR)  755 views

The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into organizational governance as part of their doctoral research project.

To qualify for the scholarship, the doctoral research project should focus on a topic directly related to organizational governance, including for example

  1. The importance of effective boards in enabling good decision-making and improving the functioning of Canadian institutions;
  2. Governance issues of interest to Canadian boards of public, private, government-agency and not-for-profit organizations;
  3. The role of corporate governance in enabling positive societal impacts;
  4. Governance best practices through the Canadian perspective.
  1. The following are examples of relevant topics, although by no means an exhaustive list:
  1. Board’s role during black swan events (e.g. pandemic, financial distress)
  2. Diversity beyond gender
  3. Sustainability
  4. Oversight of corporate culture
  5. Cybersecurity/ IT governance/Data governance/Privacy
  6. The board’s role in innovation
  7. Board understanding of political risk
  8. Board’s role in public policy

Application Procedure: Documents required for application

  1. Bertram Scholarship application form
  2. A one-page summary of your doctoral research project highlighting its applicability to the furtherance of good governance. Your summary should clearly indicate the connection between your research and organizational governance;
  3. A sample of your written academic work (the sample does not necessarily need to be on a governance-related topic)
  4. A signed appraisal letter from the student’s doctoral advisor attesting to the general quality of the student’s doctoral work (the letter may be submitted directly to CFGR by the doctoral advisor)
  5. One additional academic reference A curriculum vitae detailing the academic history, publications, scholarships, and awards, teaching positions
  6. A short (approx. 100 words) biography and a short (approx. 100 words) research description
  7. A signed letter from an appropriate university official in your institution’s scholarships & awards department indicating their willingness to administer the scholarship on behalf of CFGR. 

Eligibility Conditions

  1. Must be a full-time student registered at a recognized Canadian university.
  2. Be a senior doctoral student undertaking studies that include significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation or major scholarly publication.
  3. Must not have previously been awarded a Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award or Bertram Scholarship.

Grant Recipients

The recipient of the scholarship will be entitled to use the term “Bertram Scholar” to indicate the successful awarding of the Bertram scholarship.

Language Preference: Candidates are requested to submit proposals and required attachments in either English or French.


Applications for the scholarship should be submitted electronically to (only electronic submissions are being accepted).

Quick Overview————-
Organization Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (CFGR)
Country Canada
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Organizational Governance
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Master’s degree in relevant subject
Deadline 27 May 2021

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