The Rockefeller Foundation: Scholarly Residencies at the Bellagio Center

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Deadline: ~ December 15 for August 17 – November 30, 2010, residency; check website for other deadlines

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows: Could not locate

Recent Chicago Fellows: Dario Maestripieri, Biology (07/08); Robert Bird, Slavic (06/07)

Competition Level: 12 scholars and scientists are in residence at any one time; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Former residents must wait 10 years before reapplying; third residencies are not offered.

The Center, near Lake Como, Italy, typically offers one-month residencies for no more than twelve scholars and scientists at a time. Individuals in any discipline are welcome to apply. Space is reserved for academic projects as well as projects that align with the Foundation’s mission to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are shared more widely.

A Bellagio residency provides time for critical thinking, disciplined work, individual reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. Residency cohorts include artists, writers, NGO practitioners, policymakers, scholars, and scientists from around the world. Meals and informal presentations of work provide an opportunity for residents to engage with one another.  During special dinners, residents also have the chance to interact with the participants of international conferences that are hosted in various buildings on the Center’s property.  The combination of private time for work and reflection and informal gatherings is an important part of life at the Center.

Residencies are typically four-weeks in length, however, shorter or longer periods may be available. Applicants need to submit a statement describing why an alternate length of time is requested. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. Room and board are provided. Residents must pay for their own airfare and local transportation. Travel assistance is awarded in a separate process after one has been invited to Bellagio. The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project.

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