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The Rockefeller Foundation Announces Selected Bellagio Center Resident Fellows

Fifty leading academics, artists, and practitioners selected for prestigious Bellagio Center Residency Program


New York City–The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to announce the fellows selected from our most recent competitions for Academic Writing, Arts, and Practitioner Residencies at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. The 50 fellows will each complete a month-long residency to advance their individual work while connecting with a stimulating mix of individuals from across disciplines and across the globe.

As a place that provides the opportunity for focused work while inspiring new and expansive thinking, the Bellagio Center receives applications from around the world for its Academic Writing, Arts & Literary Arts, and Practitioner Residencies. The resident fellows are selected for their compelling individual work and significant accomplishments within their field.

Aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, the residents’ projects focus on issues ranging from improving equitable access to health care, to building the resilience of commercial marine fisheries, to the impact of globalization on local culture and tradition.

“At The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, we gather the world’s leading minds in a tranquil environment that deliberately holds the world at bay, allowing residents to focus on their work, think freely, and share their diverse perspectives with one another, creating a stimulating intellectual experience,” said Claudia Juech, associate vice president and managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation. “We are excited to announce the selection of these residents who are visionaries in their professions and change-makers whose work—like the work of the Foundation itself—aims to improve the lives of humanity around the world.”

The selected resident fellows include:

Academic Writing Residencies

  • Kwaku Poku Asante (Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana)
  • Karen Barnes (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Robert Barsky (Vanderbilt University, United States)
  • Art Blume (Washington State University, United States)
  • Subarno Chattarji (University of Delhi, India)
  • Robin Craig (University of Utah, United States)
  • Jody Heymann (University of California, Los Angeles, United States)
  • Jane Hunter (The University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Robert Kaplan (Stanford University, United States)
  • Marcia Linn (University of California, Berkeley, United States)
  • Peter Littlejohns (King’s College London, United Kingdom)
  • Howard Markel (University of Michigan, United States)
  • Melanie Samson (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Monica Skewes (Montana State University, United States)

Art & Literary Arts Residencies

  • Leila Aboulela (Literary Artist: Fiction, United Kingdom)
  • Rheim Alkadhi (Visual Artist, United States)
  • Sam Angus (Literary Artist: Fiction , United Kingdom)
  • Yaba Badoe (Filmmaker, Ghana)
  • Gaiutra Bahadur (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction , United States)
  • Doreen Baingana (Literary Artist: Fiction, Uganda)
  • Hisham Bustani (Literary Artist: Fiction, Jordan)
  • Cathy Lee Crane (Filmmaker , United States)
  • Kiran Desai (Literary Artist: Fiction, United States)
  • Godfried Donkor (Visual Artist, United Kingdom)
  • Mark Gevisser (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction, Ireland)
  • Shalini Kantayya (Filmmaker, United States)
  • Ayesha Kidwai (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction , India)
  • Stephan Koplowitz (Interdisciplinary Artist, United States)
  • Jonatas Manzolli (Composer, Brazil)
  • Mshai Mwangola (Performance Artist, Kenya)
  • Njabulo Ndebele (Literary Artist: Fiction , South Africa)
  • Ishmael Randall Weeks (Visual Artist, Peru)

Practitioner Residencies

  • Thomas Aleinikoff (The New School, United States)
  • Jeff Bingaman (former US Senator, New Mexico, United States)
  • Daniel Bross (Microsfot (retired), United States)
  • Isabella Epiu (Health Solutions International, Uganda)
  • Robin Gorna (Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, United Kingdom)
  • Doug Hattaway (Hattaway Communications, United States)
  • Cheryl Heller (School of Visual Arts, United States)
  • Andrew Likierman (London Business School, United Kingdom)
  • Lincoln Millstein (Hearst Corporation, United States)
  • Derek Mitchell (United States Institute of Peace, United States)
  • Ray Offenheiser (Oxfam America, United States)
  • Nirupama Rao (former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, India)
  • Janice Schaffer (J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, United States)
  • Judith Shamian (International Council of Nurses, Canada)
  • Paul Smith (Georgetown University Law Center, United States)
  • Claudia Surjadjaja (ALERTAsia Foundation, Indonesia)
  • Alfredo Toro Hardy (Venezuelan Embassy in Singapore, Venezuela)
  • Marie Wilson (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Canada)

The next call for Academic Writing and Arts & Literary Arts applications will open on October 1, 2017 and close December 1, 2017. Applications for Practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines. Upcoming interim deadlines for review cycles in 2017 are August 1, September 28, and November 30.

About The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of convenings and residencies, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission. Convening prominent experts, influencers, and other key stakeholders to advance knowledge, and form new partnerships, financial commitments, and initiatives enable the Bellagio Center to advance the mission of the Foundation as a complement to its grantmaking efforts.