Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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The Fulbright/Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology Award has been suspended for the 2019-2020 award cycle and is not currently accepting applications.

1 Fulbright/Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

With the support of NIAF, one grant is available for a U.S. graduate student to study and carry out research in criminology and the rule of law at the Fondazione "Giovanni e Francesca Falcone" in Palermo. The aim of this scholarship is to foster and strengthen exchanges in promoting the value of the rule of law and legality among young people and to promote the development of the anti-mafia culture in the society.

The Fondazione "Giovanni e Francesca Falcone" was constituted in December 1992 after the assassination of Judge Giovanni Falcone who was killed by the mafia in May 1992 (Strage di Capaci ), together with his wife Judge Francesca Morvillo and three escort guards. According to the Statute, the principal aim at the Fondazione is to implement initiatives in order to contribute to a real permanent education to legality principles through social and cultural initiatives.

The mission of NIAF (The National Italian American Foundation) is to serve as a resouce for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy.

Grant Period

9 Months

Applications for grants from 6 to 9 months will be considered.

Candidates can opt for a grant for a period varying from six to nine months during the academic year 2019-20. Financial benefits will change depending on length of stay. The winner of this award will be required to be in Italy in May 2020 and to participate in the event organized by Fondazione "Giovanni and Francesca Falcone" that will be held in Palermo on May 23rd, anniversary of the death of Judge Giovanni Falcone.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

This grant is intended for candidates with a special interest in relevant priority issues related to Sicily and the promotion of the rule of law. The best candidate for this award is a student with future plans for an academic/professional carrier in the field of Law and Criminology. Candidates with projects involving interdisciplinary disciplines related to Criminology, such as Law, Economics, Sociology, Education, Anthropology, are invited to submit the  application. Applications must be consistent with the Fondazione "Giovanni e Francesca Falcone" mission and program. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in a graduate program in Criminology at a university in the U.S. at the time of application. Familiarity with or deep knowledge of Sicily's economic context and social background will be a priority selection requirement during candidate's evaluation process.  

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Advanced

The candidate must have a proficient knowledge of Italian language at the time of application.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The grantee will be affiliated with Fondazione "Giovanni e Francesca Falcone" and will be introduced to various Italian institutions in Palermo/Sicily where the project will be conducted. Applicants are not required to include a letter of affiliation with their application.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name please select Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.