Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Awards


Thursday, 28 May 2020

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Permanent Resident

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Offer by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research, the Bertram Scholarships promote Canadian-based research on corporate governance and build Canada’s corporate governance research capacity by encouraging the next generation of young scholars. Each year the Bertram Scholarships support the research of the country’s most promising senior PhD candidates (doctoral students) at universities across Canada conducting research into organizational governance as part of their doctoral research project.



To qualify for a Bertram Scholarship, you must be a full-time student registered at a recognized Canadian university in September 2020. You must 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. You must not have exceeded the allowable number of years already spent in doctoral study, as set out by your university. You must not have previously been awarded a Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award or Bertram Scholarship.

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 improving the 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:

  • Board’s role during black swan events (e.g. pandemic, financial distress)
  • Diversity beyond gender
  • Sustainability
  • Oversight of corporate culture
  • Cybersecurity/ IT governance/Data governance/Privacy
  • The board’s role in innovation
  • Board understanding of political risk
  • Board's role in public policy

Further Information

For further details on the Bertram Scholarship, including application procedures, please visit the CFGR website:  Questions about this scholarship should be directed to CFGR.

Note: to obtain the "signed letter from an appropriate university official" for your application package, please email