Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law



The Corruption Laboratory on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law (CLEAR), part of UVA’s Democracy Initiative, invites doctoral students to apply for the first cohort of CLEAR Graduate Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Fellows will receive dissertation grants of $5000 during the summer of 2020. These funds may be used for any dissertation research- or writing-related purpose, including continued residence and work in Charlottesville. The discipline(s), methods, outputs, and goals of the fellow’s research are open, but should relate to the theme of corruption.

CLEAR Graduate Fellows will receive mentorship from the Lab’s faculty, postdoctoral associates, and staff.  Fellows will be expected to attend CLEAR’s monthly lunchtime workshop series, participate in at least one other Lab event, and give a public presentation of their work.

For more information about CLEAR and our work, please visit

Eligibility: all PhD students at the University of Virginia are eligible, as long as they (a) will have reached the dissertation stage before the fall 2020 semester, (b) will be in residence at UVA during the 2020-21 academic year, and (c) do not plan to graduate before the spring 2021 semester.

How to apply: submit your application at Please upload a single PDF containing (1) a CV and (2) a statement of no more than 1000 words describing your research, including how it relates to the theme of corruption, and explaining what you plan to do with the $5000. The application form will also ask you to identify other current or anticipated sources of support for your research, as well as the names and contact information of two faculty members at UVA who can supply a reference on your behalf.  Referees will be contacted after the deadline and will not be required to submit formal letters of recommendation.

Deadline: please submit your application by Friday, February 28th, at 11:59pm. Applicants will be notified of the results by Friday, March 13th.

Questions: for questions about the application process, please contact CLEAR’s Lab Manager, Dr. Jessica Kimpell Johnson ( Questions about the fellowship can be directed to Prof. David Singerman (