NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Junior Scholars

Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the leading Italian and European financial institutions, is providing an exciting research grant opportunity for three members of the NYU Law community. Apply to receive a $5,000 research grant selected by Professor Franco Ferrari (Professor of Law and Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law) and Professor Deborah Burand (Professor of Clinical Law, Director for the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship).

Recipients will be known as NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo 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 meet communities needs and perspectives

  • Green and Circular Economy as transition paradigms for mature economies

Research grant recipients will have the opportunity to carry out research activities 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 scholarship school year).

Application Process

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year have closed. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open in Spring 2024.


2023–24 NYU Law Intesa Sanpaolo Juniors Scholars

Soumya Kandukuri

Soumya Kandukuri '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 '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 will spend the summer of 2023 in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Environmental Protection Division.