Trace Anti-Corruption And Transparency Fully-Funded Program 2017, University of Washington School of Law, USA

Publish Date: Nov 29, 2016

Deadline: Feb 15, 2017

Trace Anti-Corruption And Transparency Scholarship Application Instructions

For a fourth year, the UW 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.

2016–17 TRACE International Scholars

Sofiia Kovach — Ukraine

Sofiia Kovach, born and raised in western Ukraine, holds a Master’s of Law degree from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and has successfully completed a law program in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Vienna. Her main sphere of expertise is anti-corruption practices in the public and business sectors. Prior to beginning the LL.M program, she served as a Capacity Building Expert at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine. At UNDP, a major part of her portfolio was providing capacity building and legal expertise to newly created anti-corruption institutions including the National Agency on

Corruption Prevention (NACP) that is in charge of conflict of interest rules implementation, public officials’ asset declarations verification, political party funding, and Ukraine’s overall anti-corruption policy. Prior to joining the United Nations Development Program, Sofia worked as a litigation attorney for Transparency International Ukraine, which has filed suit against the Ukrainian Government for non-compliance with the new NACP. She has also worked for a private law firm that specializes in commercial law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and anti-corruption compliance. Sofia is committed to returning to Ukraine and contributing the knowledge she gains at the University of Washington School of Law to combating and prevention of corruption and thus enhancing integrity and transparency in Ukraine. 

Fiona Okot — Uganda

Fiona Okot is a Ugandan born lawyer, currently working as a Senior Inspectorate Officer in the Inspectorate of Government (IG) in Uganda. She has eight years of experience in Ombudsman Work, Anti- Corruption work, Project Monitoring and Inspection of World Bank Funded Projects run by the Government of Uganda. As Senior Inspectorate Officer, Fiona has been involved in investigating and reporting on complaints addressed to the IG in Ombudsman capacity, as well as routine monitoring and inspections of various projects aimed at preventing the abuse or misuse of public funds. Fiona has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Makerere University, Uganda. Fiona has extensive pro bono experience in the area of access to justice for vulnerable persons and communities. She has been involved in para-legal training with the NGO Global Rights- Partners for Justice and worked to empower community trainers in areas of local governance, civic education, land disputes and domestic violence. Access to justice for the vulnerable populations is a personal issue for Fiona because she hails from the northern part of Uganda, which for a significant part of her formative years was affected by war and conflict. The hardships that affected Fiona’s people have to a great extent shaped her passion for good governance.

Guidelines and Application Process

The TRACE Scholar Program will fully fund (with tuition, lodging and travel) an international lawyer from a developing country to pursue studies related to strategies and tools for increasing transparency and reducing corruption. 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. The person selected as a TRACE Scholar must be ready to commence his/her studies in late August 2017 for a period of one year.

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.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2017.

Student Qualifications / Criteria for Applying

  1. A first degree in law or equivalent
  2. Is a national from either a low or lower-middle income developing country (as defined by the World Bank)
  3. Will make a commitment to return to applicant’s home country to work for a period of 2-3 years
  4. Strong English skills. The following minimum score is required, (test scores must be less than two years old):
    • 580 TOEFL
    • 92 TOEFLiBT
    • Note: Candidate may take the TOEFL after submitting his or her application if scheduling does not permit an earlier testing.
  5. Evidence of leadership skills
  6. Willingness to participate in interviews via Skype
  7. Ready to commence studies in late August 2017 for a period of one year

Application Materials/Instructions

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.

  1. Cover sheet
  2. At least two letters of recommendation from legal professionals in the home country. References may be submitted via email to
  3. Official transcripts and degree statements.
  4. Resume or CV; and
  5. 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 by February 15, 2017 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.

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