Bertram Scholarship 2017 | Canadian Foundation for Governance Research

Bertram Scholarship 2017

The application process is now closed

Application Deadline May 17, 2017

In recognition of the growing importance of good governance to all Canadian institutions, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research is offering up to three 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 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 governance, including for example

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

To apply for the scholarship, please supply the following:

  • The Bertram Scholarship application form
  • A one-page summary of your doctoral research project highlighting its applicability to the furtherance of good governance;
  • A sample of your written academic work (the sample does not necessarily need to be on a governance related topic)
  • 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
  • One additional academic reference letter
  • A curriculum vitae detailing academic history, publications, scholarships and awards, teaching positions
  • 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.


To qualify for a Bertram Scholarship you must be a full-time student registered at a recognized Canadian university in September 2017. 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.

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.

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 within 10 months of receipt of the Scholarship. The essay should highlight how the doctoral research relates to the governance of corporations, organizations or of broader society.

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.

Language Preference

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals and required attachments in either English or French.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated for their content and relevance to the furtherance of governance research in Canada by the CFGR management team with the final decision made by the CFGR board of directors.

Announcement of Results

The 2017 Bertram Scholarship recipients will be notified in July 2017. It is anticipated that approximately three awards will be granted, subject to the availability of funds and qualifying submissions received. Scholarships will be awarded to the qualified recipients by the CFGR by September 2017.


Applications for the scholarship may be submitted to electronically to or by mail to the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research, Attn: Heather Wilson, 2701 - 250 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 2L7.

More Information

For more information about the Bertram Scholarship, please contact:

Ms Heather Wilson
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research


2017 Bertram Scholarships - the application process is now closed