Opportunity – Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, on Lake Como in Italy, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, policymakers, and practitioners (other people doing significant work for the public good) who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.” The Bellagio Residency Program offers these individuals a setting conducive to focused work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating mix of disciplines and geographies during residencies of up to 4 weeks.


We hope you will help us to spread the word about the latest competition for artist, academic writing and practitioner residents which opened on March 1, 2019 with a final deadline for applications on May 1, 2019. Applicants accepted during this open call will be awarded residencies in 2020.


We invite you to share the outreach flyer with your network, linked here.


You may also want to direct prospective applicants to the Bellagio Center website for additional information.


In terms of the sort of residents we aim to attract, the following criteria may help to provide clarity:

  • Well-established and highly accomplished individuals whose work relates broadly to issues that have a direct positive impact on poor and vulnerable populations
  • Individuals who are at an inflection point in their work—they may be ready to pivot and experiment with something new, or may be in a position to reflect and generate insights from a lifetime of experience
  • Individuals whose work has the potential for significant positive impact—perhaps by shifting thinking in a field, or sparking new ideas
  • Individuals who want to engage in a diverse cross-sector community, who are good listeners and collaborators, and who are highly intellectually curious

In addition to these criteria, we seek to have a diverse group of residents. To that end, we are especially interested in candidates from regions outside of the United States and from a broad range of disciplines and ages.


Thank you for supporting this effort by sharing details of our competition with your networks.


If you have any questions, please direct them to BellagioCenterResidencyProgram@iie.org.