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Residency Program

Generating new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world.

The Bellagio Residency program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio Center community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection and understanding on global and social issues.

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Residencies last between two to four weeks. We are especially interested in applicants whose work contributes to the well-being of humanity or in some way connects with the Rockefeller Foundation’s issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. We strive to select a diverse cohort to ensure that interdisciplinary and international connections remain an integral part of the Bellagio experience. The Center welcomes collaborative residencies for two to four people working on the same project.

Collegial interaction with other residents is an integral dimension of the Bellagio experience. Meals and informal presentations of residents’ work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussions and engagement within and across disciplines. During special dinners, residents often interact with participants in international conferences hosted in other buildings on the Center’s grounds to help build connections and to help inform on one another’s work.

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Academic Residency

The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. We bring together a broad mix of disciplines to the Bellagio Community, including the arts, literature, social and natural sciences (along with practitioners and artists). The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with the Foundation’s work to expand opportunities and to strengthen resilience for poor or vulnerable people, in particular projects relevant to the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. The Center typically offers two to four-week long residencies to no more than 15 residents at a time. Individuals based at a university or a think tank in any discipline and from any part of the world are welcome to apply. To ensure an intellectually diverse and stimulating environment, the program welcomes projects from all academic disciplines.

Writing residencies are two-to-four weeks in length.

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.

The next competition opens on October 1, 2015 with a deadline of December 1, 2015 for a possible residency between August 23 and November 14, 2016.

Online Application Overview

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any 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 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 recipients of residencies. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident or may apply for a concurrent residency.

All applications are completed online. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, please contact the competition administrators at bellagio_res@iie.org.

After you start your application, a unique application number and link will be sent to your e-mail 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.

Choose the most appropriate discipline(s) for your project. You may choose up to two disciplines.

Identify the Foundation’s issue area (Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Transform Cities, Secure Livelihoods) that most closely aligns to your project.

Select which geographical region will be directly impacted by your work

Answer a set of questions about your project. The first question will be entered in a text field while the rest will be completed and uploaded in the online application.

Provide the names of 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 e-mail spam guards. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the recommenders submit the letters within two weeks of the date you submit your application.

Project Description and Proposal Questions

In addition to the application form, applicants must submit the following documents as PDF (preferred) or Word attachments where indicated. These documents should be double-spaced, in 12-point type and have 1” margins. Additional instructions to submit your work samples are available at the Application Resource Center. The application requirements are as follows:

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)

Strongly recommended: Please include a chapter, section, draft act, or brief outline of your project, book, work, or publication that you propose to work on at the Bellagio Center.

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.

Recommendation Letters

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 university 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 the application deadline (Applicants are responsible for following-up with their recommenders 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.

Optional: You may submit up to three published reviews of your work. You will be provided space to upload PDF copies of your three published reviews on page 6 of the application.

Collaborative Teams

The Bellagio Center welcomes collaborations for up to four people working on the same project. Collaborative teams must follow the instructions below:

Teams of Two Applicants:

  • Each applicant must complete an individual online application;
  • Ensure the project title is exactly the same;
  • Provide the same project description;
  • Indicate on the online application that the application is a collaboration;
  • Submit work samples that are the product of previous collaborative work. If this is a new collaboration, separate work samples may be submitted;
  • Recommenders must submit a separate recommendation letter for each applicant so that each applicant has three recommendations. Collaborators may list the same recommender(s) only if the recommenders are familiar with each applicant. However, each applicant must have three recommendations.

Teams of Three or Four Applicants:

  • In addition to the instructions outlined above, please include in the project description of the online application your intention to apply as a collaborative group and list all the team members. This must be done for each application.

Apply Online

Visit the Bellagio Application Resource Center for suggestions and tips on preparing an application and to sign up for instructional webinars.

When the above is assembled, please apply using our online application form:

Go to application

Arts and Literary Arts Residency

The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists. The Center typically offers stays of two to four weeks long, in a community of 15 fellows that typically includes 3-5 arts resident fellows. Artists of significant achievement from any country are welcome to apply.

Arts & Literary Arts Residencies last between 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.

The next competition opens on October 1, 2015 with a deadline of December 1, 2015 for a possible residency between August 23 and November 14, 2016.

Online Application Overview

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any 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 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.

Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. However, children, even adult children, are not allowed to accompany recipients of residencies.

All applications are completed online. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, please contact the competition administrators at bellagio_res@iie.org.

After you start your application, a unique application number and link will be sent to your e-mail 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.

Choose the most appropriate artistic field(s) for your project (you may choose up to two). Applications in each category are reviewed by professionals in that field. Choreographers, performance artists, and artists doing experimental work combining more than one genre or art form should select either video/filmmaker or multi-media artist so that you will be prompted to submit work samples appropriate to your discipline.

Answer a set of questions about your project. The first question will be entered into a text field and uploaded in the online application. The other questions will be in a separate document.

Provide the names of 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 e-mail spam guards. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the recommenders submit the letters within two weeks of the date you submit your application.

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 is the specific phase of the project you will work on while at the Center? Please be as specific as possible. (150 words)
  • What outputs/products do you anticipate will result from your residency?
  • What are the goals for your residency that will result from the outputs?
  • How do you plan to disseminate 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)

Optional: Please include a chapter, section, draft act, or brief outline of your project, book, work, or publication that you propose to work on at the Bellagio Center.

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.

Applicants in specific art fields will have different requirements for work samples. The following will outline the work samples for each artistic discipline. Please note that work samples will not be returned. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poets, and Playwrights: If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either an English translation or summary of the work sample including who did the translation.

Composers: One music score and an audio file copy completed in the last five years.

Literary Artists, Fiction & Non-Fiction: One writing sample published within 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.

Interdisciplinary Artists: Ten images of your work AND two video samples, optional two audio samples, all created within the last five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes, you should include a 5-minute excerpt.

Playwrights: A selection from a play written within the last five years (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. If you have a video clip of your play and would like to submit it for consideration, please contact bellagio_res@iie.org.

Poets: A writing sample published within 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.

Video/Filmmakers:  Two video samples, all submissions must have been created within the last five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes, you should include a 5-minute excerpt.

Visual Artists: Ten images of your work created within the last five years. All the images must be in either .jpg or .gif format with 300 dpi resolution. The maximum height and width is 1240 pixels. Please include a list with the image number, title, size, medium, and date of work.

Recommendation Letters

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 no 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 the application deadline (Applicants are responsible for following-up with their recommenders 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.

Optional: You may submit up to three published reviews of your work. You will be provided space to upload PDF copies of your three published reviews on page 6 of the application.

Collaborative Teams

The Bellagio Center welcomes collaborations of up to four people working on the same project. Collaborative teams must follow the instructions below:

Teams of Two Applicants:

  • Each applicant must complete an individual application;
  • Ensure the project title is exactly the same;
  • Provide the same project description;
  • Indicate on the online application that the application is a collaboration;
  • Submit work samples that are the product of previous collaborative work. If this is a new collaboration, separate work samples may be submitted;
  • Recommenders must submit a separate recommendation letter for each applicant so that each applicant has three recommendations. Collaborators may list the same recommender(s) only if the recommenders are familiar with each applicant. However, each applicant must have three recommendations.

Teams of Three or Four Applicants:

In addition to the instructions outlined above, please include in the project description of the online application your intention to apply as a collaborative group and list all the team members. This must be done for each application.

Apply Online

Visit the Bellagio Application Resource Center for suggestions and tips on preparing an application and to sign up for instructional webinars.

When the above is assembled, please apply using our online application form:

Go to application

Practitioner Residency

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:

  1. People who have had successful careers in senior leadership positions and are transitioning to new roles;
  2. People who are actively engaged in leading major change in the world through their current positions (NGOs, multi-lateral institutions, government officials, etc.);
  3. 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 2016 residencies.

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.

Recommendation Letters

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.

Apply Online

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