2016/2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: May 2nd 2016

The next open application period for an Academic Writing residency begins March 1, 2016 with the deadline of May 2, 2016, for residencies in 2017.

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.

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.

Selection Criteria

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. For conference applicants, the organization should be able to demonstrate why they are the right entity to act as the convener for the conference.
  • The quality and theme of the proposed project or convening: Successful applicants submit 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. In addition, conference applications that result in collective action or commitments are also encouraged— particularly if they align with these strategic goals.
  • The suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center: The Bellagio Center must be an appropriate forum for the proposed project or convening. 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: Applicants may apply for a residency three times (inclusive of Academic Writing, Arts & Literary Arts, and Practitioner Residencies), and successful candidates have a lifetime limit of two residencies.

Former residents applying for a second residency must wait at least five years since their first residency before submitting a new application, and must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first residency. Former applicants who are unsure of eligibility may inquire by reaching out to [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Fellowship Program


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