The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program 2018

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program 2018

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Applications are open for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program, which offers a unique opportunity for focused work on the tranquil shore of Lake Como. The Center brings together leading artists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers for up to one month, fostering cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue to shape thinking and catalyze action around the Foundation’s strategic goals.

The Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.

Thematic Residency on Science for Development: Once a year, the Bellagio Center hosts a special thematic residency to bring together a cohort of scholars, practitioners, and artists whose work all connects to a common theme. In 2018, the thematic residency will take place from November 5th to November 30th with up to fifteen residents advancing work aligned with the theme “Science for Development.”


  • The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers. Deadline: December 1, 2017
  • The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists. Deadline: December 1, 2017
  • The Practitioner Residency is for senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders and public advocates with ten or more years of leadership experience in a variety of fields and sectors. Applications for Practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines.The next interim deadlines for review are November 30, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

Travel Assiatance

Room and board are provided to all residents and their spouses/partners, but residents are responsible for their airfare and local transportation to and from Bellagio. However, the Foundation offers a travel assistance grant through an application process for those requiring this type of support.

Travel assistance is not a factor during the selection process. The travel assistance grant process begins once an applicant has been selected.


  • Open to leading scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world
  • The Rockefeller Foundation seeks applicants with projects that contribute to discourse and progress related to its mission and goals.


  • The open application period for Academic Writing and Arts & Literary Arts Residencies begins October 1, 2017 with the deadline of December 1, 2017. Application Opens again on March 1 and closes May 1. Expected decision time is in September of the same year.
  • Applications for Practitioner Residencies and to the Bellagio Conference Program are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines. Upcoming interim deadlines are November 30, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

Applications are available on their online application portal along with detailed instructions and further information on applying to the Bellagio Residency Program. It is strongly recommend that applicants carefully review this information prior to beginning an application.

For more information, visit Bellagio Center Residency Program.