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Current Fellowship Opportunities

With the assistance of the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust, Bentley University is building upon its record of innovation and excellence by offering the Harold S. Geneen Doctoral Fellowships. Geneen fellows will pursue directed, leading edge research on important corporate governance issues through the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, a consortium of faculty and PhD students dedicated to researching social, comparative and reformative approaches to governance.

As part of the Bentley PhD Program, Geneen Doctoral Fellows will receive a $35,000 annual stipend.

We will be accepting applications for Fall 2019 program entry (deadline is Spring 2019) in the following broad areas of corporate governance:

1. Ethics and corporate boards
2. Regulation and compliance
3. Social and environmental reporting 
4. Corporate social responsibility
5. Executive compensation
6. Corporate governance and women in leadership positions

We define corporate governance according to a broadly accepted definition embracing the rights and responsibilities among all parties who have a stake in the firm. At the Harold S. Geneen Institute, we believe that corporate governance should focus on promoting integrity and accountability within and across organizations from a financial and social vantage point. In doing so, we seek applicants who are interested in researching the ways in which policies, processes and people are used to fulfill these rights and responsibilities. 

The Geneen Doctoral Fellows may conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research that focuses on understanding what can foster good corporate governance, examining this at multiple levels, from individuals through organizations to institutions and regulations. 

The fellows may also consider what the short- and long-term impact of good governance is on individual businesses and societies, both local and global. The results of the research will be prepared for both academic and practitioner audiences through symposia sponsored by the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance. 

The ultimate goal of the Geneen Doctoral Fellowship is to create a bridge between academic research and practical application. In this way, the Fellows will look objectively at a variety of issues related to corporate governance, many of which will have a direct impact on businesses operating today and on the multiple constituents they serve.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cynthia Clark, Director of the Geneen Institute, at or visit us at