The Bellagio Center Residency Program/

General Open Call Residency

The 2025 Bellagio Center Residency Program applications are now closed. Explore details about the program below to get ready for the 2026 application cycle.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center has a track record of spurring action and impact to address pressing global challenges. Each year, during an annual open call for applications, we seek candidates from a broad range of fields, areas of practice and expertise, with diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

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. This residency is available to a wide range of diverse actors such as:

  • University and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline.
  • Artists and writers, including but not limited to composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind, and produce work that enhances our shared understanding of pressing global or social issues.
  • Senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders and public advocates in a variety of fields and sectors.

The projects for the 2025 general open call residency application included:

Scholarly Research Projects

This type of project will advance a scholarly discipline or field of study and often leads to a published book or article.

Applied Practice Projects

This type of project comes from a professional domain outside of the arts and academia (e.g. private sector, public sector, civil society) and can take many different forms: book, article, communications plan, business plan, strategic assessment, etc.

Art Projects

An art project will advance an artistic discipline through the creation of a new work of art (may be in a research stage, a production stage, or a post-production stage of work).

The 2025 Bellagio Center Residency Program applications are now closed.

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