Lab Fellowships for Investigative Reporters at Harvard

Deadline: 1 January 2014
Open to: candidates with minimum of 5 years of investigative reporting experience
Fellowship: residence in Cambridge, salary, health benefits


The Lab at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University is making a call for applications from investigative journalists to write monographs about “institutional corruption” within selected institutions.

Launched in 2010, the Lab is a five-year research project to study the phenomenon of “institutional corruption.” “Institutional corruption” refers not to bribery, or other familiar violations of law or ethics. It refers instead to influences within an economy of influence that tend to weaken the effectiveness of an institution, especially by weakening public trust of the institution.

The institutions within which the Lab is exploring these phenomena include any significant public institution that depends for its success in part at least upon a substantial level of public trust. Such institutions can be either public or private, and if private, then either for-profit or not-for-profit. They include among others the academy, public health institutions, the financial services industry, the elected state judiciary, media (public and private), and Congress.

The Lab is inviting applications from experienced investigative journalists to produce monographs about targeted institutions. Each monograph would function as an extended institutional ethnography, describing both real and perceived threats to the independence of an institution, and exploring possible solutions to those threats that could be feasibly implemented.


The ideal candidate has a minimum of 5 years of investigative reporting experience, though those with less experience will be considered.


Fellowships would be for one year. Successful candidates would be in residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) during the academic year. They must participate in a weekly workshop with an interdisciplinary group of research and practice fellows. The goal of the workshop is both to explore theoretical issues raised by “institutional corruption,” and to develop practical solutions. Salary is commensurate with experience. Health benefits will be provided.


The deadline for all applications is 1 January 2014. To apply, submit the following application materials online here, and arrange for no more than two letters of reference to be sent on your behalf directly to the Research Director of the Lab via email to:

  • A proposal that describes the institution you would cover, and any relevant experience you have with that institution;
  • A comprehensive project budget;
  • A Curriculum vitae

Only two letters of reference will be considered; any additional letters sent will not be accepted. Applications or letters of recommendation received after the January 1st deadline will not be considered.

Please email your questions to

See the official website HERE for further details.

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