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 email@example.com. 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.