Bertram Scholarships


In recognition of the growing importance of good governance to all Canadian institutions, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research is offering annual Bertram Scholarships of $15,000 each to PhD students registered at Canadian universities.  The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into organisational 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:

  • The importance of effective boards in enabling good decision-making and improved functioning of Canadian institutions;
  • Governance issues of interest to Canadian boards of public, private, government-agency and not-for-profit organizations;
  • The role of corporate governance in enabling positive societal impacts;
  • Governance best practices through the Canadian perspective.

The following are examples of relevant topics, although by no means an exhaustive list:

  • Diversity beyond gender
  • Long-termism/sustainability
  • Ethics/codes of conduct/conflict of interest
  • Oversight of corporate culture
  • Cybersecurity/ IT governance
  • The board’s role in innovation
  • Board’s understanding of political risk
  • Board oversight of human capital

For full details on the Bertram Scholarship, visit the CFGR website. The deadline for application is May 24, 2019.