The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program offers academics, artists, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting for focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies.
The Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the production of important ideas and knowledge addressing some of the most complex challenges facing our world, and innovative works of art that enhance our understanding of pressing global and social issues and encourage positive action.
The Rockefeller Foundation is actively seeking to increase the diversity of its programs and is especially interested in recruiting individuals who are based outside of the United States.
The Foundation is committed to gender equity and to recruiting candidates who are diverse in terms of racial identity, ethnicity and economic background.
Our Residents Are:
- Leaders in their fields with a proven track record of professional accomplishment, who may be either very well-known in their fields or clearly up-and-coming
- Forward-looking, with a history of advancing breakthrough ideas or actions that have had tremendous impact
- Committed to the Foundation’s mission to “promote the well-being of humanity” through their work and create positive change at local, national or global scales
- Curious, collegial, and collaborative—open to giving and receiving input and feedback from a diverse group of fellow residents
- Excited to remain active in the Bellagio network after the residency
- Up to four weeks at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio Italy, Lake Como
- Room and board with a private studio for working
- A shared community of up to 15 scholars, artists or practitioners coming from all over the world
- Residents can bring a partner/significant other to join the residency for all or a portion of their stay
- Travel funding is available when there is financial need
- Future participation in an international network of Bellagio leaders, united in the shared purpose of creating a better world
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center encourages diversity in both the people welcomed into the community and the range of projects they work on. Examples of previous residents and their projects include leaders of nonprofit organizations rethinking organizational strategy; academics producing scholarly work to advance a body of research; and artists (musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, performance-based artists, etc.) creating new works of art. We believe that creating a diverse community of people and ideas promotes equity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for innovative thinking.
Applicants, applying in 2022 for residencies in 2023, may apply for the General Open Call, or one of three thematic residencies in the areas of Gender Equality, the Governance and Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence, or Building Green Economies.
The Rockefeller Foundation will accept applications for its residency program starting on March 1, 2022 with a final deadline of May 17, 2022. To access the application go to: https://bellagiocenter.smapply.org/.
Applicants are highly encouraged to apply prior to the deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be announced in the Fall of 2022.
- The General Open Call Residency is for all practitioners, academics and artists working in any discipline or area of study. Projects can be based on any topic but must demonstrate clear social impact and charitable purpose.
- The Gender Equality Residency is targeted towards applicants who are dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s leadership through initiatives, policymaking, and public advocacy. Applicants may be working in any academic or artistic discipline, or they may be practitioners working in any field.
- The Governance and Responsible Use of AI Residency is targeted towards applicants who are dedicated to advancing the good governance and responsible use of artificial intelligence through their work. Applicants may be working in any academic or artistic discipline, or they may be practitioners working in any field.
- The Building Green Economies Residency is targeted towards applicants who are developing ideas and projects that advance low-carbon futures and climate action alongside economic and human development. Applicants may be working in any academic or artistic discipline, or they may be practitioners working in any field.
The Bellagio Fellowship marked a turning point in my thinking and subsequent work. I left Bellagio convinced that a new direction was needed and a sense of where to begin.Rosanne HaggertyResident Fellow, 2008