Application Resource Center

Preparing a Successful Application

As this is a competitive program, please make sure you address all questions and sections. Please remember to proofread all materials before submission. Bellagio evaluators will not support a rushed, or poorly prepared application, even if they believe the project has great potential.

Please do not submit additional material beyond what is requested; it will not be reviewed. All materials must be provided at the point of submission and meet the application requirements.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program uses the online application system FluidReview to receive all Residency Program Applications.

Please visit The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program site to find the online application.

The application is available at the start of each competition round, generally October 1 and March 1 every year.

The application consists of the following:

  • Applicant Details Form
  • Residency Application Questions
  • Abbreviated C.V.
  • Work Sample (specific requirements will vary per discipline)
  • Project Draft / Outline (optional but highly recommended)
  • Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)
  • Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents (if applying for a second residency)
  • Recommender Questionnaire

Applicant Details Form

Personal details and contact information.

Residency Application Questions

Application questions address an applicant's background, an applicant's project, and the suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center. Your answers in this section will help reviewers evaluate why this residency would be valuable to you in the context of your overall career trajectory, the influence and impact of your body of work, and what you would contribute to the Bellagio program.

Abbreviated CV (no more than 10 pages)

We will not accept professional biographies or narratives in lieu of a CV. Please include the following information

  • Academic degrees (degree-granting institution, field, and date of degree award);
  • Current position (location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
  • Previous academic positions (in chronological order, including location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
  • An abbreviated list of academic publications (journal articles, books, chapters, exhibitions) including full citations with the name of publication, title of work, date of publication;
  • Other relevant academic work (including supervision of master’s and Ph.D. theses, conference presentations, grants / honors / awards, professional affiliations);
  • Other relevant non-academic work that demonstrates professional achievement.

Project Draft / Project Outline (optional but highly recommended)

Please include a chapter, section, draft, or brief outline of your project, book, work, or publication that you propose to work on at the Bellagio Center that is no more than 20 pages. The draft should pertain to your proposed project and is not meant to be a space to upload additional work samples.

Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)

You may submit up to three published reviews not to exceed 20 pages combined. They should be full reviews of your work with proper citation, and preferably in English.

Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents (if applying for a second residency)

Former Bellagio residents must also include a statement of up to 500 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. Successful second-time applicants must demonstrate significant professional achievement and/or project advancement since their first residency.

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.

Residency Application Questions Preview

Application questions address an applicant's background, an applicant's project, and the suitability of the project for the Bellagio Center. Your answers in this section will help reviewers evaluate why this residency would be valuable to you in the context of your overall career trajectory, the influence and impact of your body of work, and what you would contribute to the Bellagio program.

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.


Academic Writing Residency Application Questions Preview

Questions Related to the Applicant's Background:

  • Describe your career trajectory and specific achievements you would like to highlight. (250 words)
  • Describe the influence and impact of your body of work over the course of your career to date. (250 words)
  • Why would you benefit from a Bellagio Residency at this stage in your career? (150 words)
  • The Bellagio Center Residency program involves engaging with an inherently multi-disciplinary and internationally diverse community while on-site, including artists, academics, practitioners, policy makers and others. Please comment on how you believe you would contribute to this environment and how it would contribute to your work. (250 words)

Questions Related to your Proposed Residency Project:

  • Describe the project you would work on during a residency including its main objectives, whether it builds off past work or represents a departure, and its importance to the advancement of your field. (500 words)
  • Who is the target audience for your project and what kind of reach (local, regional, international) do you expect it to have? Please also describe the audiences, if any, beyond your immediate field/network, that you hope to inform and influence with your work. (250 words)
  • How will the outputs of your project be disseminated to the target audiences above? (150 words)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center seeks to encourage a dialogue among residents that represents a diverse range of perspectives on how to make our world and its people more resilient and economies more inclusive, particularly for poor and vulnerable populations. Please describe how your work would contribute to this dialogue. (300 words) For reference, The Rockefeller Foundation defines “resilience and “inclusive economies” in the following ways:

    Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events—both natural and manmade—and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses.

    Inclusive Economies expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being.
  • Please select the Foundation's strategic goal(s) (resilience and/or inclusive economies) that most closely align with your work. (Multiple choice)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation encourages academic projects that relate to one or more of the Foundation's four issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Please select the Foundation's issue area that most closely aligns with your work. (Multiple choice)
  • Please select the global region that is directly relevant to your work. (Multiple choice)

Questions Related to the Suitability of your Project for the Bellagio Center:

  • What specific phase and components of the project would you work on during a 4-week residency at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center? (150 words)
  • What do you anticipate having completed by the end of a 4-week residency? (Multiple choice)

Arts & Literary Arts Residency Application Questions Preview

Questions Related to the Applicant’s Background:

  • Describe your career trajectory and specific achievements you would like to highlight. (250 words)
  • Describe the influence and impact of your work over the course of your career to date. (250 words)
  • Why would you benefit from a Bellagio Residency at this stage in your career? (150 words)
  • The Bellagio Center Residency program involves engaging with an inherently multi-disciplinary and internationally diverse community while on-site, including artists, academics, practitioners, policy makers and others. Please comment on how you believe you would contribute to this environment and how it would contribute to your work. (250 words)

Questions Related to your Proposed Residency Project: 

  • Describe the project you would work on during a residency including its main objectives, whether it builds off past work or represents a departure, and its importance to the advancement of your artistic discipline/métier. (500 words)
  • Who is the target audience for your project and what kind of reach (local, regional, international) do you expect it to have? Please also describe the audiences, if any, beyond your immediate field/network, that you hope to inform and influence with your work. (250 words)
  • How will the outputs of your project be disseminated to the target audiences above? (150 words)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center seeks to encourage a dialogue among residents that represents a diverse range of perspectives on how to make our world and its people more resilient and economies more inclusive, particularly for poor and vulnerable populations. Please describe how your work would contribute to this dialogue. For reference, The Rockefeller Foundation defines “resilience and “inclusive economies” in the following ways:
     
    Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events—both natural and manmade—and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses.
     
    Inclusive Economies expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being. (300 words)
  • Please select the Foundation's strategic goal(s) (resilience and/or inclusive economies) that most closely align with your work. (Multiple choice)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation encourages arts and literary arts projects that relate to one or more of the Foundation's four issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Please select the Foundation's issue area that most closely aligns with your work. (Multiple choice)
  • Please select the global region that is directly relevant to your work. (Multiple choice)

Questions Related to the Suitability of your Project for the Bellagio Center:

  • What specific phase and components of the project would you work on during a 4-week residency at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center? (150 words)
  • What do you anticipate having completed by the end of a 4-week residency? (Multiple choice)

Academic Writing Residency Work Sample

Please note: If we are missing your work sample or we 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.

Requirement: Submit one chapter or article as a 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

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.

Literary Artists

Fiction / Non-Fiction Writers
Required: A portion of a book chapter or journal article published in the last five years, where you are the primary author.

Book chapters or journal articles with a forthcoming publication date does not meet this requirement.

Work samples may be up to 20 pages maximum; only 20 pages of a work sample will be reviewed.

If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation (indicating who provided the translation) or summary of the work in English. We understand that you would not likely have a word-for-word translation of previously published work, however providing a longer summary than a few sentences or a short one paragraph abstract is helpful for our reviewers.

Poets
Required: One selection of poems from a work published in the last five years.

Work samples with a forthcoming publication date will not meet this requirement.

Work samples may be up to 20 pages maximum; only 20 pages of a work sample will be reviewed.

If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation (indicating who provided the translation) or summary of the work in English. We understand that you would not likely have a word-for-word translation of previously published work, however providing a longer summary than a few sentences or a short one paragraph abstract is helpful for our reviewers.

Playwrights
Required: A selection from a play produced in the past five years

Work with a forthcoming production date will not meet his requirement. Work samples may be up to 20 pages, only the first 20 pages of a work sample will be reviewed.

If you have video representation of a previous work, we encourage you to either share the relevant links with your written work sample, or via a video file under “upload video work sample.”

If none of your previous work is published in English, please provide either a translation (indicating who provided the translation) or summary of the work in English. We understand that you would not likely have a word-for-word translation of previously published work, however providing a longer summary than a few sentences or a short one paragraph abstract is helpful for our reviewers.

Visual and Performing Artists

Composers
Required: A score and an audio file to accompany the score, completed in the past five years.

If the running time of your audio exceeds 20 minutes, you should include a five-minute excerpt. (You may submit a link to the full version of the work in your work sample list.)

Please upload your score under “Written Work and Image Samples,” and the audio or video under “Audio Work Sample” and/or “Video Work Sample.”

Interdisciplinary Artists/Performing Artists
Required: Ten Images with a corresponding image list and two video samples. (Up to two Audio files are optional).
  • Ten Images of work created in the past five years (submit via “Written Work and Image Samples”)
  • Image list corresponding to the ten submitted images, including list the image name, title, size, medium, and date of work. (submit via “Written Work and Image Samples”)
  • Two videos samples of your work created within the past five years. If running time exceeds 20 minutes, please provide or identify a 10-minute excerpt (submit via “Video Work Samples”)

*If you mainly work in video and sound, you do not need to submit ten images. Please provide up four videos and up to two audio samples per the time specifications above. Audio files may be submitted under “Audio Work Samples”

Video/Filmmakers
Required: Two videos samples of your work created within the past five years.
If running time exceeds 20 minutes, please provide or identify a 10-minute excerpt (submit via “Video Work Samples”).

Visual Artists
Required: Ten Images with a corresponding image list

  • Ten Images of work created in the past five years (submit via “Written Work and Image Samples”)
  • Image list corresponding to the ten submitted images, including list the image name, title, size, medium, and date of work. (submit via “Written Work and Image Samples”)

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