NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Junior Scholars

Applications Now Open (Deadline March 7, 2024)  

Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the leading Italian and European financial institutions, is providing an exciting $5,000 research grant opportunity for three members of the NYU Law community. Scholars will be selected by Professor Franco Ferrari, Professor Geoffrey Miller, and Professor Deborah Burand.

Recipients will be known as NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Junior Scholars. Scholars will be assigned on the following research fields, and encouraged to publish their work in scholarly journals or case studies in these areas:

  • Antitrust laws and compliance policies as triggering factors for the development of innovative and sustainable markets;
  • Impact banking as a new development platform where business meets community needs and perspectives; and
  • Green and circular economy as transition paradigms for mature economies.

Junior Scholars will have the opportunity to present their research at the Intesa Sanpaolo offices in Italy in collaboration with the staff involved in the aforementioned areas as well as attend a special Intesa Sanpaolo event in both Italy and at NYU School of Law. Intesa Sanpaolo will cover the costs of travel and fund the grants. JD students, LLM students, and NYU Law research scholars are all welcome to apply (applicants must be enrolled at NYU Law during the 2024-2025 academic year).

How to Apply

Please send a prospectus outlining your preferred area of research and scholarly focus (within the above topics), as well as a writing sample, to the Grunin Center at law.gruninsocent@nyu.edu by Friday, March 7.

Recipients will be selected prior to the Grunin Center’s special reception with Intesa Sanpaolo at NYU Law, scheduled for April 8, and will be invited to attend.


2023–24 NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Junior Scholars


2022-2023 NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Junior Scholar

Soomin Shin JD'24

Soomin Shin is a third year law student interested in environmental and financial regulation. She studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2019. Before law school, she was a banking analyst in New York City and worked primarily on energy and infrastructure deals. On campus, Soomin is an Online Editor for the Law Review and is involved with APALSA. She hopes to analyze different central banks' approaches to climate change mitigation in light of increased climate-related litigation against financial institutions. 

Soumya Kandukuri

Soumya Kandukuri JD'24 

Soumya Kandukuri is passionate about the intersection of legal institution design, emerging technologies, and sustainable development. Her research project for Intesa Sanpaolo focuses on the relationship between comparative antitrust law and investment in social enterprise innovation. Soumya’s interest in these topics stems from her experiences prior to law school working at two education technology start-ups in Silicon Valley and studying international political economy at Occidental College. At NYU, Soumya has enjoyed serving as a Notes Editor for the NYU Law Review, a research assistant for Professor Emeritus Jerome Cohen, and an NYU International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine.

Adam Reynolds '24

Adam Reynolds JD'25

Adam Reynolds is a JD candidate at NYU School of Law focusing on climate and environmental justice issues. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with a BA in economics and an MA in international relations. Before coming to NYU, Adam spent six months working on an Ohio congressional campaign and almost four years in the US Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration addressing industrial subsidy and countervailing duty policy issues. His research focuses on the intersection of trade policy and the environment and he is interested in addressing the role of state subsidies in efforts to address climate change. Adam spent the summer of 2023 in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Environmental Protection Division.