IACA’s research fellowship programme is designed for highly qualified and motivated young researchers from around the world whose academic interests and research focus are in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action in line with IACA’s mandate and research agenda.

IACA is particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Theoretical frameworks of compliance benchmarking
  • Collective action theory applied to the study of corruption
  • Localizing anti-corruption compliance programmes of multinational companies
  • Third party due diligence in anti-corruption compliance management systems
  • Third party risk management in anti-corruption compliance
  • Supply chain management in anti-corruption compliance
  • Whistleblower protection as a corruption prevention measure
  • Asset declaration as a corruption prevention measure
  • Codes of conduct within the framework of a compliance management system
  • Individual liability of compliance officers
  • Corporate criminal liability for corruption offences
  • Monitoring and evaluation of compliance programmes
  • Transition economics
  • Corporate compliance programmes benchmarking
  • Economic analysis of law

Other relevant topics may be considered as well.

Research Fellows may also be required to work on other research topics of interest to IACA.


In order to apply for a research fellowship, candidates should meet the following criteria:

Language: Strong capabilities in conducting research, editing, and writing academic papers in the English language are essential for this position. Candidates who are advanced English speakers but whose mother tongue is not English are required to provide proof of their English proficiency. Such proof must be furnished by one of the following methods:

red bulletTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
  • Overall score required:
  • Paper-based:   600
  • Computer-based: 250
  • Internet-based: 100
red bulletIELTS test
  • Overall score required: 7.0

red bulletCambridge Certificate in Advanced English

The English test result should not be more than two years old as of the date of application.

  • Overall score required: 185 – 190, no less than 176 in each category
red bulletAn academic degree from an internationally recognized university where English was the language of instruction
red bulletProof of completion of at least two years of full-time education in a tertiary institution where the language of instruction was English
red bulletProof of having at least two years of full-time employment in an organization or company where English was the working language

Education: Candidates should have completed a postgraduate (master’s level or equivalent) programme in law, social or political sciences, economics, business, or another relevant field. It is not mandatory for a candidate to be enrolled in, or to have completed, a PhD programme, although applications from PhD students are strongly encouraged.

He/she has strong research capacities as demonstrated by the completed master’s thesis, a capstone paper, or some other significant academic research and writing project. Publications in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action are a plus.

Application and selection process

Applications for the programme are open all year round, and are open to all nationalities.

The selection of research fellows will be based on the qualifications of the applicant as well as the relevance and innovative nature of his/her research proposal. The candidate’s application shall include the following documents:

  • A completed research fellowship application form pdf
  • A concise CV (maximum of 3 pages, including educational background)
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Copies of the candidate’s bachelor’s and master’s diplomas
  • Copies of the candidate’s bachelor’s and master’s grade transcripts
  • If available, the candidate’s prior publications in English on relevant topics.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. IACA may request additional documents and information at its discretion. Documents sent in hard copies will not be returned.

Applications should be submitted by email to hr@iaca.int or sent to:

Human Resources
International Anti-Corruption Academy
Muenchendorfer Strasse 2
2361 Laxenburg

Duties of research fellows and expected outcome

Research fellows will provide research assistance to IACA’s academic programmes and initiatives in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action. Under the guidance of an IACA academic team member, they are expected to undertake research and writing. At the end of the research fellowship, fellows are expected to deliver a presentation on their research and produce a publishable quality academic article which may be published by IACA at its discretion.

Upon successful completion of the programme, finalized by a publishable quality academic article, a certificate of completion will be issued by IACA.

Fellowship duration and location

The duration of the research fellowship is 3 months, and the programme takes place at IACA’s premises in Laxenburg, Austria.

Financial support

Successful candidates will receive limited financial support, which will cover a reasonable portion of their travel, accommodation, and daily expenses.