June 3, 2019 - UniCredit Foundation has awarded over 100 students and researchers and three University Departments of Economics, winning results of calls launched in 2018. The amount of prizes awarded this year has exceeded € 1.6 million, with an increase over 2017 of more than 60%, both in terms of awarded students and of distributed prizes.
The winners are students in economic and financial disciplines, enrolled at universities and research institutes active in the countries included in the UniCredit’s geographical perimeter
The scholarships and fellowships launched by the Foundation in 2018 have covered various areas, including study support and student mobility abroad. This is the case of the Crivelli and Marco Fanno Scholarships, aimed at supporting doctoral studies at universities of excellence (5 scholarships of 65,000 euros for PhD at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Chicago).
The Foundation then continues its engagement in attracting and keep the best young economists in the countries in which the Group operates. In 2018 over € 500,000 were invested in this direction. In this context it is worth to mention:
· The Fellowship directly addressed to University Departments committed to attracting talent from abroad, such as the Foscolo Europe Top-up Fellowship competition, in its fourth edition, and won in 2018 by the University's CSEF (Center for Studies in Economics and Finance) Federico II of Naples and the Department of Economics of the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice;
· and the new "Marco Fanno Fellowship" call launched in 2018 for its first edition and won by the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna.
The two researchers who will return this year thanks to the Top-Up fellowship are: Elia Sartori, a graduate in Bocconi University and PhD at Princeton, who will return to Italy and go to the Federico II of Naples - CSEF and Marco Di Cataldo, University of Bologna degree, PhD at LSE, which will return to Italy and will go to Ca’ Foscari.
Maurizio Beretta, Chairman of UniCredit Foundation and Professor Giorgio Barba Navaretti, Chairman of the Marco Fanno Fellowship Association, introduced the works that were held at the UniCredit Tower in Milan, which also saw the participation of Professor Francesco Giavazzi of Bocconi University with a lectio magistralis on the topic "Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn't".
Nicola Saldutti from Corriere della Sera moderated a Q&A session. The works were closed by Professor Franco Bruni, Vice Chairman of UniCredit Foundation, who announced the Foundation Activity Plan for 2019 in the field of Support for Study and Research, for which scholarships are expected to be launched for almost € 2,0 million euro for over 180 students and researchers, marking a further significant growth in the Foundation's activity.