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 competition opens on March 1, 2015 with the deadline of May 1, 2015 for a possible residency between February 8 to August 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.