The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Programs | Before You Apply

Before You Apply

Here are some questions to consider before you decide to apply to the Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program

Is my project appropriate for a Bellagio Residency?

Am I ready to apply?

What if my work is not in English?

If my project is not in an area where I have experience and a track record, what are my prospects?

Are projects that use the Center as a base for extensive travel around Europe appropriate?

If there has already been considerable research on my project's topic, will it be considered as competitive?

What should I consider in order to have a good balance between the scope of my work and a four-week residency?

Is it possible to submit a team project?


Q: Is my project appropriate for a Bellagio Residency?

A: Residencies are open to scholars in all disciplines, artists, journalists, as well as policymakers and practitioners from the governmental and non-profit sectors. The Rockefeller Foundation is especially interested in projects that are inspired by or relate to global or social issues. They also welcome projects that will contribute to the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humankind or in some way connects with the Foundation's work. They promote the well-being of humanity and address the needs of vulnerable populations through two over-arching objectives: 1) achieving equitable growth by expanding opportunities for more people in more places; and 2) building resilience by helping people, communities, and nations prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute crises and chronic stresses. The Foundation works in four related focus areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. However, all projects are welcome. Please note that dissertation projects are not appropriate for the Academic Writing residency program.

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Q: Am I Am I ready to apply?

A: Give serious consideration to whether your project is at a point that a residency at Bellagio could be helpful in moving it ahead. We recommend you give yourself plenty of time to develop a strong application and answer the project proposal questions. Do you have a solid proposal that fully describes your project and how innovative or different it is from what's been done before? Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions in future application rounds. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times in a lifetime. Those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.

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Q: What if my work is not in English?

A: You may still apply for a residency if your work is not in English. Please note that you must be able to communicate and interact with an international community who primarily converse in English. If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either an English translation or summary of the work sample including who did the translation.

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Q: If my project is not in an area where I have experience and a track record, what are my prospects?

A: Reviewers are willing to consider projects that take the applicant’s work in new directions, but they are more likely to recommend projects that are directly related to an applicant’s principal area of training, experience, and expertise. Reviewers are more likely to be favorably disposed if the applicant has already produced a few articles or significant work in the new subject area.

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Q: Are projects that use the Center as a base for extensive travel around Europe appropriate?

A: No. Residents are expected to be at the Center for the majority of the time during their residency to fulfill one of the important objectives of the residencies, which is to bring the participants into active engagement with each other. Collegial interaction with other residents is an essential dimension of the Bellagio experience, and residents are expected to discuss their projects, receive, and provide feedback.

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Q: If there has already been considerable research on my project's topic, will it be considered as competitive?

A: If the project’s subject is one that has already been extensively studied by others, it is imperative to demonstrate the new perspective or approach that you will bring to the subject. The Center has a strong interest in projects that are innovative and will be impactful in the respective field.

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Q: What should I consider in order to have a good balance between the scope of my work and a four-week residency?

A: There should be an appropriate balance between the proposed scope of work and the length of the residency. In other words, do not propose to do more in the four weeks at Bellagio than is reasonable, and likewise do not propose a work plan that can be accomplished in less than four weeks. It is important to explain in the application what the proposed activities will be while at Bellagio and a work plan for the residency period should be clearly articulated.

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Q: Is it possible to submit a team project?

A: Yes, team projects involving up to four people are welcome. Be sure to check the Collaborative Projects tab for more information and requirements.

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