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 documents must be submitted as either PDF (preferred) or Word attachments through the online application system.

The application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Project Summary
  • Project Proposal Questions
  • Abbreviated CV
  • Work Sample
  • Project Draft / Project Draft Outline (optional but highly recommended)
  • Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)
  • Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents (if applying for a second residency)
  • 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 every year. 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. However, please note all required fields on a page must be filled in before the system allows you to save and/or proceed to the next page. 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 Summary

Describe your project. Provide a summary statement that explains the main objectives of your project, whether it builds off past work or represents a departure, and its importance to the advancement of your field. The statement must be provided within the online application form (500 words).

Project 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.

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 Draft Outline (optional but highly recommended)

Please 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 that is no more than 20 pages.

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.

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. The statement must be provided 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.

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)
  • Please describe the intended impact of this project to your field of work or study and how the project’s activities will work to achieve it. (250 words)
  • What are the specific goals for your project? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • Please explain how your project may inform the discourse, add new knowledge and/or catalyze action related to the Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals of building resilience and advancing inclusive economies. (250 words)

    The Rockefeller Foundation defines its strategic goals 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 man-made—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 explain how your project relates to one or more of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Focus Areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Additional detail on the Foundation's current initiatives can be found in the Our Work section of the website. (250 words)

  • What is the specific phase of the project you will work on while at the Center? (150 words)
  • What outputs do you anticipate will result from your residency? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • Who is the target audience for your project and what kind of reach (local, regional, international) do you expect it to have? Please also speak to which audiences if any, beyond your immediate field/network, that you hope to inform and influence with your work. (150 words)
  • How will the outputs of your project be disseminated to the target audience above? (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 will contribute to this environment and how it will contribute to your work. (250 words)

Project Proposal Questions for Artists & Literary Artists

  • What is the purpose and goal of your project? (250 words)
  • Please describe the intended impact of this project to your field of work or artistic discipline and how the project’s activities will work to achieve it. (250 words)
  • What are the specific goals for your project? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • Please explain if and how your project may inform the discourse, add new knowledge and/or catalyze action related to the Rockefeller Foundation’s strategic goals of building resilience and advancing inclusive economies. (250 words)

    The Rockefeller Foundation defines its strategic goals 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 man-made—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 explain how your project relates to one or more of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Focus Areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Additional detail on the Foundation's current initiatives can be found in the Our Work section of the website. (250 words)
  • What specific phase and components of the project will you work on while at the Center? (150 words)
  • What outputs do you anticipate will result from your residency? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form
  • Who is the target audience for your project and what kind of reach (local, regional, international) do you expect it to have? Please also speak to which audiences if any, beyond your immediate field/network, that you hope to inform and influence with your work. (150 words)
  • How will the outputs of your project be disseminated to the target audience above? (150 words)
  • What are the goals for your residency that will result from the output(s) listed above? (Multiple choice - refer to online application form)
  • 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 will contribute to this environment and how it will contribute to your work. (250 words)

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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