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About the program

The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program offers academic writing, arts and literary arts, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

Who should apply

Residencies are open to university or think-thank based academics in all disciplines, creative artists, journalists, as well as policymakers and practitioners from the governmental and non-profit sectors. We bring together a broad, stimulating mix of disciplines and fields within the Bellagio Community. We have a strong interest in applications that align with the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities, but projects from all fields are welcomed.

The Center accepts individuals as well as collaborative residencies for teams of two to four people working on the same project. Residencies are typically four weeks in length.

For those who have previously applied or had previous residencies, there is a maximum limit of three applications and a maximum limit of two residencies. Previous residents and spouses must wait a minimum of five years before applying.

Where is it?

The Bellagio Center is located in Northern Italy between Lake Como and Lake Lecco in the town of Bellagio.

Accommodations and travel assistance

Residents are housed in two main buildings and each resident is given a private room with bath and a study/studio, either adjoining the bedroom or on the grounds. Room and board are provided to all residents and their spouses/partners, but residents are responsible for their airfare and local transportation to and from Bellagio. However, the Foundation offers a travel assistance grant through an application process.

About the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center's mission is to promote innovation and identify impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems. The Center, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to promote the well-being of humanity.

News & Events
  • Application Deadline

    The competition for Academic Writing and Arts & Literary Arts is now closed. Applicants will be informed of the decisions in April 2015.


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