The Bellagio Experience
The Bellagio Residency program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio Center community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

Arts & Literary Arts Residencies typically last four weeks. We are especially interested in applicants whose work contributes to the well-being of humankind or in some way connects with the Rockefeller Foundation’s issue areas. We strive to select a diverse cohort to ensure that interdisciplinary and international connections remain an integral part of the Bellagio experience. The Center welcomes collaborative residencies for two to four people working on the same project.

Collegial interaction with other residents is an essential dimension of the Bellagio experience. Meals and informal presentations of residents’ work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement within and across disciplines. During special dinners, residents often interact with participants in international conferences hosted in other buildings on the Center’s grounds.

Selection Process and Criteria

Selections are based on:

  • the quality of the proposed project,
  • how innovative the project is,
  • the likelihood of the project’s impact within its field and/or on global and social issues,
  • the professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant, and
  • the feasibility of the Center for the proposed activity.

In addition, reviewers will take into consideration:

  • the match between the project and the Foundation’s mission, and
  • personal qualities that are likely to make an applicant a contributing member of an international, interdisciplinary community—curiosity, breadth of interests, ability to honor other viewpoints, and sensitivity to other cultures.

Since the Center aims to host an international mix of residents, the geography and nationality of those invited may be taken into account.

Deadline: December 1, 2011

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