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 published in my project area, 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 Foundation is especially interested in projects that are inspired by or relate to work that focuses on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, and/or addresses one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

The Foundation promotes 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.

Please note that projects connected to doctoral work, grant proposals or textbooks are not acceptable Academic Writing projects.

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Q: 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 plan, specifically how it is innovative or differs from existing work on the subject? Applicants are not allowed to re-submit unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit a significantly revised proposal on similar themes 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 an important objective of the residency - 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 published in my project area, 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, preferably in the project draft or outline, 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 members are welcome to apply, however please present team projects wisely. The Bellagio Center has limited capacity and team members must all be prepared to provide significant contribution to the project, and demonstrate a similar level of either experience or expertise in the project subject area. In the spirit of providing space for interactions of individuals from a mix of geographic locations, team members who are based in the same home institution are not eligible to apply as a collaborative team. Be sure to check the Collaborative Projects tab for more information and requirements.

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