TRACE Anti-Corruption and Transparency Scholarship – Fully Funded

TRACE Anti-Corruption and Transparency Scholarship – Fully Funded

Deadline: February 15, 2015

The University of Washington School of Law’s Sustainable International Development Law program is pleased to partner with TRACE International, a leading nonprofit business association focused on anti-bribery compliance, to offer a new LL.M. scholarship aimed at developing exceptional young leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency.

The TRACE Scholar will have a demonstrated interest in anti-corruption efforts and will write their LL.M. thesis on a subject related to anticorruption: international instruments, compliance or enforcement. They will enroll in relevant courses focused on business ethics, rule of law, governance and/or economic development. The TRACE Scholar Program will provide emerging leaders and professionals with an interest in anti-corruption and bribery prevention with an intensive course of study followed by a practical and “hands-on” internship.


  • Full funding (with tuition, lodging and travel.)
  • The UW Law TRACE Scholar will spend an academic year at the University of Washington followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.


Candidate should

  • Be from a developing country;
  • Possess a first degree in law or equivalent;
  • Be a national from either a low or lower-middle income developing country (as defined by the World Bank) OR, for 2016-17 only, is a national from an Eurasian/CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) country. Applicants from these countries will be considered for a scholarship sponsored by TeliaSonera
  • Be ready to make a commitment to return to home country to work for a period of 2-3 years;
  • Have strong English skills. The following minimum score is required, (test scores must be less than two years old):
    • 580 TOEFL
    • 92 TOEFLiBT
    • 7.0 IELTS

Note: Candidate may take the TOEFL after submitting his or her application if scheduling does not permit an earlier testing.

  • Show evidence of leadership skills;
  • Be willing to participate in interviews via Skype;
  • Be ready to commence studies in late August 2016 for a period of one year.

Application Process

Candidates should submit the following materials. The applicant should submit all of her materials, if possible, in one email or mailing. Please send documents in MS-Word, pdf or text file format. Do not send jpeg, gif or other photo scans.

  • Cover sheet;
  • At least two letters of recommendation from legal professionals in the home country. References may be submitted via email to [email protected];
  • Official transcripts and degree statements.
  • Resume or CV; and
  • A personal statement of 2-3 pages which describes the applicant’s interest and experience in dealing with anti-corruption and a description of how such a scholarship will further his or her work to combat corruption in the applicant’s home country.

Please submit your application via email to [email protected] by February 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. You may also mail your application to:

UW TRACE Fellowship
c/o Sustainable International Development Graduate Program
University of Washington School of Law
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195

Please note – Applicants for the scholarship will not be asked to complete the LL.M. application unless he or she is selected as the scholarship recipient.

For more information, visit TRACE Scholar Program.