TRACE Scholars

TRACE Scholar Program

The TRACE Scholar Program is aimed at developing exceptional leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency. The program fully funds, with tuition, lodging and travel, international LLM students from developing countries to pursue studies related to strategies and tools for increasing transparency and reducing corruption. TRACE Scholars will spend an academic year at one of three universities, followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

TRACE Scholars have a demonstrated interest in anti-corruption efforts and write their LLM thesis on a subject related to anticorruption: international instruments, compliance or enforcement. They enroll in relevant courses focused on business ethics, rule of law, governance and/or economic development.

The TRACE Scholar Program provides 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.  TRACE Scholars study with students from a diverse range of countries to further enrich their understanding of regional challenges in reducing corruption.  The TRACE Scholar Program develops informed, committed and visible leaders in this field, in support of the work of TRACE and its larger mission. 

Participating Universities:

University of Washington School of Law: Professor Anita Ramasastry
(Application guidelines and instructions can be found here.)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law:
(Application guidelines and instructions can be found here.)

King’s College, Cambridge University
(Application guidelines and instructions can be found here.)

General questions should be directed to:

The two TRACE Scholars for 2014-2015 are Ernesto Alejandro Valasco Granda of Ecuador, who will attend the Maryland Carey School of Law, and Chitra Nair of India, who will conduct her studies at University of Washington School of Law. 

Ernesto Granda is a lawyer from Quito, Ecuador. Mr. Granda is a former advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister of Transportation and Public Works where he worked to bring greater transparency to the governmental bidding process.

Chitra Nair is a lawyer and research officer for the Global Compact Network India, where she works on a project focused on corporate reporting and transparency processes. 

“Ernesto and Chitra are emerging leaders in the anti-corruption, compliance and transparency effort,” TRACE President Alexandra Wrage said. “We’re delighted to have such quality candidates for our first two TRACE Scholars.”

The program received applicants from numerous countries including India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Nepal, Thailand, Venezuela, Zambia, Nepal, Malawi, China and Nigeria.

For more information, view the press release announcing the 2014-2015 TRACE Scholars here

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