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1 Fulbright/Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Award in Criminology

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

With the support of NIAF (National Italian-American Foundation), 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. 

Some notes on Fondazione “Giovanni Francesca Falcone” and NIAF:

  • Fondazione “Giovanni 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 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 e Francesca 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 Period

6 Months

Candidates can opt for a grant for a period varying from six to nine months during the academic year 2021-22. Financial benefits will change depending on length of stay. The recipient of this award will be required to be in Italy in May 2022 and to participate in the event organized by Fondazione Giovanni and Francesca Falcone that will be held in Palermo on May 23rd for the anniversary of the death of Judge Giovanni Falcone.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival 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. 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. Candidates at the B.A., M.A. and PhD/JD level are eligible to apply for this award.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

The candidate must have a proficient knowledge of Italian language at the time of application. Recommended 2/3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

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. 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 and Francesca Falcone and with NIAF.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition fees are not covered under this grant. The grantee will not be required to enroll at an Italian University.


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 period and reasons.

Special Application Instructions

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

Entry Visa

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of grant. Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

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


Dependent support is not available.

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Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Barbara Pizzella