Application Resource Center

Preparing a Successful Application

As this is a competitive program, please make sure you address all questions and sections. It is highly recommended that you proofread all materials before submission. A poorly prepared application will cause reviewers to have reservations about recommending an applicant even if they believe the project has great potential.

Please do not submit additional material beyond what is requested; it will not be reviewed. In addition, application materials submitted as PDF (preferred) or Word attachments through the online application system must be prepared in 12-point type with 1" margins.

The application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Project Description / Phase Question
  • Project Proposal Questions
  • Abbreviated CV
  • Work Samples
  • Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents
  • Project Draft/Outline (optional but highly recommended)
  • Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)
  • A Note on Translation and Non-English Projects

Online Application Form

The application form is available at the start of each competition round, generally October 1 and March 1. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, please contact us at bellagio_res@iie.org. After you start your application, a unique application number and link will be sent to your e-mail address. Please be sure to check your spam box in case it is not delivered to your inbox. Applications do not need to be finished in one session; the online form allows you to save it and return to revise, edit, or add additional information later. Please make sure to hit the "Submit" button once you complete your application. Doing so will generate a confirmation email.

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Project Description / Phase Question (500 word limit)

For academic writers, the project description question will ask you how your project is innovative or different to what has been done in the past. Artists and literary artists are asked to explain what phase of their project they intend to work on while at Bellagio. The answer should be written, or copied and pasted,within the text box of the online application form.

Abbreviated CV (no more than 4 pages)

Provide an abbreviated CV with career highlights, including publications, awards, exhibitions, and performances. We will not accept professional biographies or narratives in lieu of a CV.

Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents

Former Bellagio residents must also include a statement of no more than 250 words describing what was accomplished during the previous residency, the specific outputs and outcomes, the critical response, and what has been accomplished since the residency. The statement must be typed or copied and pasted within the online application form.

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 in between residencies.

Project Draft/Outline (optional but highly recommended)

You may include a chapter, section, draft act, or brief outline of your project, book, work, or publication that you propose to work on at the Bellagio Center.

Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)

You may submit up to three published reviews of your work. They should be full reviews with proper citation, and preferably in English. You will be provided space to upload PDF copies of your three published reviews on page 6 of the application.

A Note on Translation and Non-English Projects

If you propose to translate an author whose work you have translated previously, please submit samples of the prior translation. If this is your first translation work, please describe your qualifications to do so via the project proposal questions.

If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either an English translation or summary of the work sample indicating who did the translation. We encourage you to submit published reviews of your work that are in English.

Proposal Questions

In the online application you will be provided the Project Proposal Questions document and a space to upload your completed version at the end of the application, as either a Word or PDF document. The project proposal questions should identify the key issues addressed by the project. If you have difficulty opening the Word document on the online application, please write to us at bellagio_res@iie.org or call 1.212.984.5537 during regular business hours Eastern Standard Time. Please make sure your name appears on each page of your answers.

Tip: This is your chance to highlight your project to the reviewers; take advantage of the word limits to make your case for a residency and be specific with your work plan.

Project Proposal Questions for Academic Writers

  • What is the purpose and goal of your project? (250 words)
  • How does your work relate to the Rockefeller Foundation's Focus Areas - advancing health, transforming cities, securing livelihoods, and revaluing ecosystems - or the well-being of humanity more generally? (150 words)
  • What is the impact on poor or vulnerable populations? (150 words)
  • What forces are at play now that create an opportunity for positive change on the issue? (150 words)
  • What is the specific phase of the project you will work on while at the Center? Please be as specific as possible. (150 words)
  • What outputs/products do you anticipate will result from your residency? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • What are the goals for your residency that will result from the output(s) listed above? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • How will the output(s) be disseminated and to whom? (150 words)

Project Proposal Questions for Artists & Literary Artists

  • What is the purpose and goal of your project? (250 words)
  • How does your work relate to the Rockefeller Foundation's Focus Areas - advancing health, transforming cities, securing livelihoods, and revaluing ecosystems - or the well-being of humanity more generally? (150 words)
  • What is the specific phase of the project you will work on while at the Center? Please be as specific as possible. (150 words)
  • What outputs/products do you anticipate will result from your residency? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • What are the goals for your residency that will result from the output(s) listed above? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • How will the output(s) be disseminated and to whom? (150 words)

Academic Writing Residency Work Sample

Please note: If we are missing your work sample or have problems downloading or copying it, we will reach out to you. It is important that you reply within the given time frame. Applications with missing materials will be considered incomplete.

Choose work samples carefully and submit those that demonstrate your ability to undertake and complete a project of the magnitude being proposed. Work samples must be received by the application deadline, and please keep in mind that they will not be returned.

Requirement: Submit one chapter or article writing sample published in the last five years where you are the primary author (20 page maximum). If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation or summary of the work in English, and indicate who did the translation.

Arts and Literary Arts Residency Work Samples

Please note: If we are missing your work sample or have problems downloading or copying it, we will reach out to you. It is important that you reply within the given time frame.Applications with missing materials will be considered incomplete.

Choose work samples carefully and submit those that demonstrate your ability to undertake and complete a project of the magnitude being proposed. The work samples should support the purpose and goals outlined in the description of the project. Work samples must be received by the application deadline, and please keep in mind that they will not be returned.

Literary Artists

Fiction / Non-Fiction Writers and Poets
Submit one chapter or selection from a book published in the last five years (maximum 20 pages in length). If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation or summary of the work in English, and indicate who did the translation.

Playwrights
Submit a selection from a play produced in the past five years (maximum 20 pages in length). If online videos exist of your play on stage, we encourage you to share the links in your application materials. If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation or summary of the work in English, and indicate who did the translation.

Visual and Performing Artists

Composers
Submit a score and an audio file copy of that score completed in the past five years. Please note that applicants who would like the reviewers to listen to something other than the first ten minutes of a submitted work sample should provide an additional note to indicate the piece you would like to highlight.

Ways to submit audio samples (choose one):

  1. Email links to the sample posted online (i.e. Vimeo, Soundcloud) to bellagio_res@iie.org
  2. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read CD to IIE. If you do chose to send CDs please be sure to format them so that we will be able to upload/copy to our system.

Ways to submit the score (choose one):

  1. Upload PDF document on page 6 of the online application
  2. Upload file to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  3. By post, send one unbound 8 x 11 (or A-4) score

Interdisciplinary Artists
Work samples consist of ten images created in the past five years (maximum height or width 1240 pixels, file format must be .jpg or .gif, 300 dpi resolution, file size should be no larger than 1.2 MB) AND two video samples of your work created within the past five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes for the videos, you should include a 5-minute excerpt. If applicants choose to send ten images, an image list is required that includes the file name,title, size, medium and date of work. Additionally, applicants are welcome to submit up to two audio samples (optional) that have been created in the past five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes for the audio files, you should include a 5-minute excerpt.

Ways to submit images (choose one):

  1. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  2. Email images in a zip file to bellagio_res@iie.org
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read CD or DVD to IIE.

Ways to submit video work samples (choose one):

  1. Email links to videos posted online (i.e. Vimeo) to bellagio_res@iie.org
  2. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read DVD to IIE. If you do chose to send DVDs please be sure to format them so that we will be able to upload/copy to our system.

Ways to submit up to two optional audio samples (choose one):

  1. Email links to sample(s) posted online (i.e. Vimeo, Soundcloud) to bellagio_res@iie.org
  2. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read CD to IIE. If you do chose to send CDs please be sure to format them so that we will be able to upload/copy to our system.

Video/Filmmakers
Work samples consist of three DVD copies of two different videos/films produced in the past five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes, you should include a 5 minute excerpt. Please note that we must be able to copy your videos for the review process.

Ways to submit videos/films (choose one):

  1. Email links to videos posted online (i.e. Vimeo) to bellagio_res@iie.org
  2. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read DVD to IIE. If you do chose to send DVDs please be sure to format them so that we will be able to upload/copy to our system.

Visual Artists
Submit ten images of your work created in the last five years, along with an image list indicating the image number, title, size, medium, and date of the work. Each image should meet the following: maximum height or width of 1240 pixels, file format must be .jpg or .gif, 300 dpi resolution, and file size should be no larger than 1.2 MB.

Ways to submit images and image list (choose one):

  1. Upload files to Dropbox or other file sharing service (please see Dropbox instructions below)
  2. Email images in a zip file to bellagio_res@iie.org
  3. By post, send three copies of a universal read CD or DVD (for Mac or PC) to IIE.

To learn how to use Dropbox, please click below:
Dropbox Instructions (1 MB, PDF)

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