Rockerfeller Foundation invites Applications for the Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program in Italy, 2013.

Nominations for the 2013 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows are now open.

The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows Program brings together a small, interdisciplinary group of four to six hand-selected artists, scientists, designers, technologists and social innovators at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for a two-week immersion residency. The program is a unique incubator for unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around global topics, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.

Four-to-six Fellows will be chosen for their technical and creative excellence, and their ability to work and think across disciplines. Fellows will receive travel, lodging and facilitated support on-site as they work together to imagine new approaches to complex challenges. A short documentary will be made about their work and process.

The residency will occur in mid-late August 2013, and will be followed by a joint presentation at the October 2013 PopTech conference in Camden, Maine.

2013 Program Focus: Creating Resilience Through Big Data

A progressively fragile and interdependent world means vulnerable people face an increased risk from shocks and disruptions. And yet, this is also a moment of extraordinary growth in human knowledge and technological capacity.

In short, we are in a footrace between mushrooming challenges and unprecedented growth in our capabilities.

The 2013 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program will focus on just how the remarkable power of new technologies might play in bolstering psychological, social and systemic resilience. We’ll explore data science and visualization, mobile and other distribution technologies.

This effort will be creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative. Dealing with data is an art as much as a science, and so we will be seeking Fellows from the fields of art, technology, resilience research, and various social domains.



The PopTech/Bellagio Fellows program is seeking Fellows from the fields of data and data visualization, technology, design, art, social and natural sciences, resilience research, and other social domains. A diverse cohort of Fellows will be chosen for their technical and creative excellence and their demonstrated ability to work and think across disciplines.

Candidates must have an easy working proficiency in English, as the Fellows program will be held in English.

Nominations of candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome, and nominations of candidates from and/or based in Africa, Asia, or Latin America are strongly encouraged.  .

Candidates may work in the for-profit, non-profit, academic, government or other sectors.


  • Nominations are now open through March 1, 2013.
  • Candidates must be nominated through the online nomination form, available at the Bellagio/PopTech Nomination Form.
  • Candidates may be self-nominated, or nominated by someone else.
  • Selections will be finalized in May 2013. Fellows will be informed of their status as soon as a decision has been made.


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