Check Out One Fulbright Available for Criminology Students

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September 30, 2015 by Italians in Chicago

falconeWith 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 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.

Grant Period:

From 5 to 9 months.

Candidates can opt for a grant for a period varying from six  to nine months during the academic year 2016-17. Financial benefits will change depending on length of stay. The winner of this award will be required to be in Italy in May 2017 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. Best candidate for this award is a student with future plans for an academic/professional carrier in the filed of Law and Criminology. Candidates with projects involving interdishiplinary 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
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

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


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