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Residency Program

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

The next open application period for an Academic Writing residency begins October 1, 2016 with the deadline of December 1, 2016, for residencies in 2017.

The next open application period for Arts & Literary Arts residency begins October 1, 2016 with the deadline of December 1, 2016 for residencies in 2017.

Applications for practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and are currently being accepted for residencies in 2016.

The Rockefeller Foundation 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 wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.

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The Rockefeller Foundation seeks applicants with projects that contribute to discourse and progress related to its dual goals: i) advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and ii) building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four related focus areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Applicants with projects that may help shape thinking or catalyze action in these areas are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The Bellagio Center Residency Program is committed to creating an environment that fosters rich cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, which arise from bringing highly diverse and international cohorts of artists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers together. The Bellagio Center typically offers residencies of two to four weeks for no more than 15 residents at a time. Collegial interaction within the community of 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. To help build connections across one another’s work, residents are also offered opportunities to interact with participants from international conferences that are hosted in other buildings on the Bellagio Center’s grounds.

The Bellagio Center also encourages collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project. In particular, team projects that bring residents together from different geographies, institutions, or disciplines are especially sought after to further the Center’s goal of establishing new connections amongst diverse groups of individuals.

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Academic Residency

 

The next open application period for an Academic Writing residency begins October 1, 2016 with the deadline of December 1, 2016 for possible residencies in 2017.

The Academic Writing residency is for university and thinktank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s work to expand opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Selected proposals also commonly demonstrate relevance to the Foundation’s core issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

 

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Applying for an Academic Residency

Academic Writing Applications are evaluated in three main areas:

  • The professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant: Successful applicants demonstrate significant professional contributions to their field over the course of their career or show evidence of being on a strong upward professional trajectory.
  • The quality and theme of the proposed project: Successful applicants apply to work on projects that will introduce new thinking and knowledge to their field of study. Projects that are aligned with and will inform the discourse around the Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals to advance more Inclusive Economies and build Resilience are best suited to Bellagio as are those that connect with the Foundations core issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.
  • The suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center: The Bellagio Center must be an appropriate forum for the proposed project. Projects that require special equipment onsite, excursions off the grounds, or access to research libraries are not suited. Successful applicants can clearly articulate how the multi-disciplinary environment of Bellagio will contribute to their work.

 

Please Note: Former residents applying for a second residency must wait at least five years since their first residency before submitting a new application. Second-time applicants must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first 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.

 

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Application Components

Application components include a detailed project proposal, curriculum vitae and work samples, and three letters of recommendation.

  • Applicants may apply up to a total of three times.
  • There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.
  • Those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying.
  • Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions.
  • Children are not allowed to accompany recipients of residencies.
  • Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident or may apply for a concurrent residency.

 

Detailed instructions and tips for completing the online application are available at the Bellagio Application Resource Center where applicants can learn more about the application process and the selection criteria. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review information available at the Resource Center prior to beginning an application.

 

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Arts and Literary Arts Residency

 

The next open application period for Arts & Literary Arts residencies begins October 1, 2016 with the deadline of December 1, 2016, for residencies in 2017.

The Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world 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 Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s work to expand opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places, and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Often selected proposals also demonstrate relevance to the Foundation’s core issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

To most effectively integrate the important voice of the arts throughout residency cohorts at the Bellagio Center, we are now holding one annual open call for residencies. The program will continue to welcome the same volume of high-caliber artists to Bellagio, reinforcing the Foundation’s commitment to the arts and demonstrating its perspective that the arts are integral to the discourse around complex global challenges and critical to the well-being of humanity. To further strengthen the reach of the program and ensure high geographic and disciplinary diversity among residents, in parallel to the open call, we are also working with a range of new arts organizations to surface promising candidates. We have established outreach collaborations with four organizations: Khoj International Artists’ Association in Delhi, Fundación Jumex in Mexico City, Africa Centre in Cape Town, and United States Artists in Chicago. These collaborations will extend our networks to attract a greater number of geographically diverse, highly distinguished artists working in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the United States.

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Applying for an Arts & Literary Arts Residency

Arts & Literary Arts Applications are evaluated in three main areas:

  • The professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant: Successful applicants demonstrate significant professional contributions to their field over the course of their career or show evidence of being on a strong upward professional trajectory.
  • The quality and theme of the proposed project: Successful applicants apply to work on projects that will introduce new thinking and knowledge to their field of study. Individuals whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues are encouraged to apply. Projects that are aligned with and/or will inform the discourse around The Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals to advance more Inclusive Economies and build Resilience are especially suited to Bellagio.
  • The suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center: The Bellagio Center must be an appropriate forum for the proposed project. Projects that require special equipment onsite, excursions off the grounds, or access to research libraries are not suited. Successful applicants can clearly articulate how the multi-disciplinary environment of Bellagio will contribute to their work.

 

Please Note: Former residents applying for a second residency must wait at least five years since their first residency before submitting a new application. Successful second-time applicants must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first 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.

 

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Application Components

Application components include a detailed project proposal, curriculum vitae and work samples, and three letters of recommendation.

  • Applicants may apply up to a total of three times.
  • There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.
  • Those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying.
  • Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions.
  • Children are not allowed to accompany recipients of residencies.
  • Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident or may apply for a concurrent residency.

 

Detailed instructions and tips for completing the online application are available at the Bellagio Application Resource Center where applicants can learn more about the application process and the selection criteria. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review information available at the Resource Center prior to beginning an application.

 

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Practitioner Residency

 

Applications for practitioner residents are accepted on a rolling basis. See below for interim deadlines.

The Practitioner residency is for senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders, and public advocates with ten or more years of leadership experience in a variety of fields and sectors.

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s work to expand opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places, and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Practitioner residencies have included leaders developing new strategic plans, determining shifts in their own careers or the paths of their organizations, or life-long social sector practitioners reflecting on their careers and distilling insights and guidance to inform a variety of audiences. Successful proposals commonly demonstrate relevance to the Foundation’s core issue areas to Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities in terms of the project they may work on, the institutions with which they are affiliated and the audiences for their proposed work.

In selecting practitioners, we look for individuals who have had successful careers in senior leadership positions and are transitioning to new roles or capturing knowledge and insights from their extensive experience; individuals who are actively engaged in leading major change in the world through their current positions (NGOs, multilateral institutions, government officials, etc.); and emerging leaders with demonstrable success and upward trajectories in their respective fields.

Applications are only considered complete after all required materials, including letters of recommendation, are received. Applicants should take this into account when considering the timing of their submission and the interim deadlines. Interim deadlines for review cycles in 2016 are: January 10, March 10, May 10, August 1, and November 1.

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Applying for a Practitioner Residency

Practitioner Applications are evaluated in three main areas:

  • The professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant: Successful applicants demonstrate significant professional contributions to their field over the course of their career or show evidence of being on a strong upward professional trajectory.
  • The quality and theme of the proposed project: Successful applicants apply to work on projects that will introduce new thinking and knowledge to their field of study. Projects that are aligned with and will inform the discourse around The Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals to advance more Inclusive Economies and build Resilience are best suited to Bellagio as are those that connect with the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities
  • The suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center: The Bellagio Center must be an appropriate forum for the proposed project. Projects that require special equipment onsite, excursions off the grounds, or access to research libraries are not suited. Successful applicants can clearly articulate how the multi-disciplinary environment of Bellagio will contribute to their work.

 

Please Note: Former residents applying for a second residency must wait at least five years since their first residency before submitting a new application. Second-time applicants must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first 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.

 

Go to application

 

Show More »

Application Components

Application components include a detailed project proposal, curriculum vitae and work samples, and three letters of recommendation.

  • Applicants may apply up to a total of three times.
  • There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.
  • Those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying.
  • Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions.
  • Children are not allowed to accompany recipients of residencies.
  • Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident or may apply for a concurrent residency.

 

Detailed instructions and tips for completing the online application are available at the Bellagio Application Resource Center where applicants can learn more about the application process and the selection criteria. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review information available at the Resource Center prior to beginning an application.

 

Go to application

 

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