The Practitioner residency is for senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, and public advocates with ten or more years of leadership experience in a variety of fields and sectors whose project focuses on improving the well-being of humankind or relates to one or more of the Foundation’s issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. We seek practitioner applicants with demonstrated leadership qualities and the capacity to contribute to the intellectual life at the Center.
In selecting practitioners, we look for three types of prospective residents:
- People who have had successful careers in senior leadership positions and are transitioning to new roles;
- People who are actively engaged in leading major change in the world through their current positions (NGOs, multi-lateral institutions, government officials, etc.);
- Emerging leaders with substantial contribution to and measurable success in their respective field.
Residencies typically last two to four weeks.
The Center also welcomes collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project. The Bellagio Center prefers team projects that bring residents together from different geographies, institutions, or disciplines since this reinforces the Center’s goal of establishing new connections.
We are currently accepting applications for a residency after mid-August 2015.
Online Application Overview
Applicants are not allowed to re-submit unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times. However, those who have held previous residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.
Children, even adult children, are not allowed to accompany residents. Spouses/life partners may accompany residents or may apply for concurrent residencies.
Practitioner residency applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Applicants will be notified of the decision within about eight weeks of receiving the application and letters of reference.
All applications are completed online. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, please contact Bellagio_NY@rockfound.org
After you start your application, a unique application number and link will be sent to your email address. Please be sure to check your spam box in case it is not delivered to your inbox. Applications do not need to be finished in one session; the online form allows you to save it and return to revise, edit, or add additional information later.
Each page of the application form must be completed before you move on to the next page.
Answer a set of questions about your project. The first question will be inserted into a text field while the rest will be completed and uploaded in the application system.
Provide the names of your three recommenders and their e-mail addresses. Your recommenders will be contacted immediately after you submit your application. You will also receive a copy of the e-mail sent to the recommenders. Please notify your recommenders before you submit your application so that they can expect your request. Oftentimes, messages are caught in email spam guards. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the recommenders submit the recommendation letters.
Project Description and Proposal Questions
In the online application you will be asked to describe your project and explain how it is innovative or different from what’s been done before. This should be written for a general audience and not exceed 500 words.
In the online application you will be provided the Project Proposal Questions document and a space to upload your completed version at the end of the application, as either a Word or PDF document.
- What is the purpose and goal of your project? (250 words)
- What forces are at play now that create an opportunity for positive change on the issue? (150 words)
- What is the impact on poor or vulnerable populations? (150 words)
- What is the specific phase of the project you will work on while at the Center? Be as specific as possible. (150 words)
- What outputs/products will result from your residency?
- What are the goals for your residency that will result from the outputs listed above?
- How will the outputs be disseminated and to whom? (150 words)
- How does your work relate to The Rockefeller Foundation’s Focus Areas—advancing health, transforming cities, securing livelihoods, and revaluing ecosystems—or promoting the wellbeing of humanity more generally? (150 words)
Curriculum Vitae and Work Samples
Please submit a CV with career highlights, including publications and awards (up to 4 pages). Please do not submit a professional biography.
Submit one chapter or article writing sample published in the last five years where you are the primary author (20 page maximum). If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either an English translation or an English summary of the work sample indicating who did the translation/summary.
You will need to submit the contact information of three recommenders who can write letters that support your application. Recommenders must have knowledge of your proposed project, your professional career, and your contributions to the field. Recommenders should also be able to speak to your non-professional qualifications as well and your ability to communicate and interact with an international community who primarily converse in English. Once you submit your application, recommenders will be contacted via email so they may submit their recommendation letters. Please ensure that recommenders are able to respond via email and are able to submit recommendation letters within two weeks of the published competition deadline. Recommendation letters are a significant part of an application and are read by all reviewers. As a private foundation, it is mandatory within the provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code for The Rockefeller Foundation to seek independent, objective opinions for each applicant.
Recommenders should be able to:
- Evaluate your professional work and your standing in your field.
- Evaluate the substance, merit, and feasibility of your project. Be sure to send them a copy of your Bellagio residency proposal.
- Comment on your ability and willingness to contribute to the intellectual and globally-diverse community at Bellagio.
When selecting recommenders:
- List only one person from the same organization or institution.
- Do not choose editors or others with a financial interest in your success in being invited for a residency.
- Ensure recommenders will be able to submit recommendations within two weeks after you submit your application. (Applicants are responsible for follow-up to ensure timely submission.
Since e-mails are frequently trapped by institutional spam filters, it is a good idea to e-mail your recommenders soon after submitting your application to make certain that they have received the reference request. Auto-generated emails are sent once you complete the application and click submit. Please be sure to send recommenders a copy of your proposal.
Visit the Bellagio Application Resource Center for suggestions and tips on preparing an application and to sign up for instructional webinars.
In addition to the online application form, applicants must submit the above as PDF (preferred) or Word attachments where indicated. These documents should be double-spaced in 12-point type and have 1” margins.
When the above is assembled, please apply using our online application form:Go to application