The Voyage of Discovery - 2014
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Participants must be between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel (Summer 2014)
  • Students must be enrolled in a college/university for the semester preceding the trip (Summer 2014)
  • Students must be of Italian heritage
Submission Requirements

Along with the online application, applicants are required to mail or fax a transcript (official or unofficial) and two written recommendations from a teacher, school official, or political/community leader. Mailing instructions and deadlines are written above and provided on the online application as well as in the confirmation email sent to you upon submitting your application.

Application and Transcript Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Transcripts can be sent by mail or fax

Mailing Address: NIAF Voyage of Discovery
               1860 19th Street, NW
               Washington, DC 20009

Transcripts must be postmarked by January 31, 2014.

Fax:       202.483.2618

Transcripts sent by fax must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2014.

Recommendation Letters due Friday, January 31, 2014.

Letters can be faxed or mailed. Letters must be postmarked by January 31, 2014, or sent by fax and received by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2014, to the address or number above.

NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted.

Date of Notification for all applicants: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Participant Acceptance Deadline: Saturday, March 15, 2014


Please Note: Fields with a red * are Required

Your Information:

How did you hear about "The Voyage of Discovery" and the NIAF?
First Name:  
    Middle Name:  
Last Name:  
State Abbreviation:  
Zip Code:  
Home Phone:  
E-mail Address:  
Confirm E-mail Address:  
Date of Birth:      

Your Parent/Guardian Information:

Parent/Guardian Name:  
State Abbreviation:  
Zip Code:  
Father of Italian Descent?  
Mother of Italian Descent?  
Select the region(s) where your ancestors are from. (To select multiple regions, press the Cntrl key as you click the regions)  
(Optional) Enter more specific information (cities, etc...)  

Academic Information:

Name of school:  
State abbreviation of school:  
Area of study:  
Expected Year of
Overall GPA:  
Do you speak Italian?  
    -> If yes, what level?  
Have you ever been to Italy?  
    ->If you have been to Italy before, tell us where you have been: selected participants will be assigned to a group traveling in areas in which they have never traveled.  
Have any of your siblings or relatives participated in the Voyage of Discovery program?  
    ->If yes, please provide their name(s) and year(s) attended.  
Have you participated in any NIAF programs or activities in the past, including winning a NIAF scholarship?  
    ->If yes, list the program(s) and year(s).  

Essay Questions:

Please Note: the maximum allowable characters that you can submit for each Essay Question is 2,000. Anything in excess of the maximum allowable characters will not be submitted. You may want to use a text editor such as Microsoft Word to determine the character count before submitting.

Why should I be selected for the Voyage of Discovery 2014?  

Part of the Voyage of Discovery experience includes community service in a particular region or commune. How do you think your personal characteristics and experience would enhance our VOD team? What relevant experience or training would you bring to the team?  

 Health Terms and Conditions:   I certify that I am in good physical and mental health and that I have no special medical or physical conditions, nor any special needs or requirements which would impede participation in the program, nor be of any harm or inconvenience to myself or the other participants. I understand that walking long distances, climbing stairs, and hikes may be required activities. I have read and acknowledged the NEW processing fee & deposit policy.

By checking this box, I agree to the above terms and conditions.

 Budget and Accommodations:   I understand that the accommodations for the Voyage of Discovery trip are budget (host family home stays, hostels/hotels), not luxury.


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