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1 Fulbright/Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Award to Promote the Rule of Law

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Grant Length
6-9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Award Profile

With the support of NIAF (National Italian-American Foundation), one grant is available to study and carry out research about the rule of law in all its applications at the Fondazione Giovanni 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 an anti-mafia culture in society.

Some notes on Fondazione “Giovanni Falcone” and NIAF:

Fondazione “Giovanni 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 of the Fondazione is to implement initiatives in order to contribute to a real permanent education to legality principles through social and cultural initiatives.

Further information on the Fondazione “Giovanni Falcone” can be found at:

The mission of NIAF is to serve as a resource 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. Further information on NIAF can be found at: 

Grant Length
6-9 Months
Grant Period
Flexible Start

Candidates can opt for a grant for a period varying from 6 to 9 months during the academic year 2024-25. Financial benefits will change depending on the length of stay.

Grantee can begin any time between October 2024 and January 2025. The recipient of this award will be required to be in Italy in May 2025 and to participate in the event organized by Fondazione Giovanni Falcone that will be held in Palermo on May 23rd for the anniversary of the death of Judge Giovanni Falcone.

In-Country Orientation

Grantee beginning their grant in October can participate in the one-to-two-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in mid-October with the other grantees.

An online pre-departure orientation will be offered approximately two months before departure.

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. Candidates with projects involving interdisciplinarity with other disciplines, such as Criminology, Law, Economics, Sociology, Education, and Anthropology, are invited to submit the application. Applications must be consistent with the Fondazione “Giovanni Falcone” mission and program.

Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the U.S. at the time of application. Familiarity with Sicily’s economic context and social background will be a priority selection requirement during the candidate’s evaluation process. 

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months

According to Italian laws and policies, dual nationals are eligible to apply. However, candidates with significant experience in Italy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who have resided in Italy during the year preceding the grant might be considered ineligible depending on the length of the period and reasons.

Candidates who are in Italy with a study or work visa during the 12 months prior to the competition deadline, who reside in Italy at the time of the deadline, or who will travel to Italy with a study or work visa during the selection process and the awarding phase are not eligible to participate in the program, with the following exceptions: those who are in Italy on a tourist visa and those who are on a study visa for a summer or one-semester U.S. university study abroad program are eligible to apply.

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF from the drop down menu.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Intermediate

The candidate must have proficient knowledge of the Italian language at the time of application. Recommended 2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter should not be sought

The grantee will be affiliated with Fondazione Giovanni 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. The grantee will need to obtain an entry visa to Italy for study (study grant) purposes for the whole duration of his/her stay in Italy.  At the end of the grant period, the grantee will be required to send a report on the grant experience to the Fulbright Commission in Rome, which will be shared with Fondazione Giovanni Falcone and with NIAF.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

The award provides a maintenance allowance for 6 or 9 months as well as an international travel allowance to cover the costs of a round-trip ticket.

  • Maintenance allowance for 6 months in Euro: 9.500 
  • Maintenance allowance for 9 months in Euro: 12.700
  • International travel allowance in Euro: 1.100 

Candidates who are also planning to apply for funds from other sources, or will receive financial assistance from their U.S. institution while in Italy should contact the Commission to inquire whether these funds can be cumulated with the Fulbright award. 

Housing Arrangements

The grantee is required to arrange their own housing.

Dependent financial support is NOT available

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of the grant.

Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or be accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
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Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
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