Canadian Foundation for Governance Research: 2018 Bertram Scholarship


Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (CFGR)


2018 Bertram Scholarship

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CFGR - Bertram Scholarship Website

Application Form


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 to PhD students registered at Canadian universities. 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 a Bertram Scholarship you must be a full-time student registered at a recognized Canadian university in September 2018. 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 organizational governance in enabling effective 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;
  • Organizational governance best practices through the Canadian perspective.

Maximum Project Value

$15,000 per PhD student

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

In recognition of the $15,000 award, recipients will be expected to supply an essay (maximum 1,000 words) describing the nature of their doctoral project , written in simple, non-technical language suitable for the lay person. The essay must be completed by January 19, 2019. The essay should highlight how the doctoral research relates to the governance of corporations or other organizations and/or how the research may be relevant to Canadian directors.

Additional reasonable research dissemination activities may be required of Bertram Scholars, such as the presentation of research results to the CFGR board or at the Institute of Corporate Director's annual conference or local events, and/or the writing of an article for ICD's Director Journal or other activities as requested by the CFGR board and/or management. Reasonable travel expenses in relation to CFGR research dissemination events will be reimbursed.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

PI to submit a copy of application, original signed letter of support from your college and a signed OR-5 form from your supervisor to:

External Deadline

PI to submit application form and all required attachments by email to: or by mail to the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research, Attn: Heather Wilson, 2701 - 250 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 2L7. 

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, please supply the following:

  1. The Bertram Scholarship application form
  2. A one-page summary of your doctoral research project highlighting its applicability to the furtherance of good 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 (who themselves should be a researcher and faculty member at a recognized Canadian university) attesting to the general quality of the student's doctoral work (the letter may be submitted directly to CFGR)
  5. One additional academic reference letter (the letter may be submitted directly to CFGR)
  6. A curriculum vitae detailing academic history, publications, scholarships and awards, teaching positions
  7. A signed letter from an appropriate university official in your institution's scholarships & awards department indicating their willingness to administer the scholarship of behalf of CFGR. In administering the scholarship, we will be asking the university to:
    • To verify that the student is currently registered at the university;
    • To verify that the funds were received by the university from CFGR and paid to the student;
    • That CFGR be notified of any leaves of absence requested by the student.
For Questions, please contact

Ms Heather Wilson
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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