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The Bellagio Center Residency Program

The Bellagio Center Residency Program

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center 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 wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. 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.

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


“My Bellagio experience has remained with me, influencing my thinking and continually reminding me of the importance of considering the perspectives of others.”

W. Ed Hammond, Resident Fellow, 2008

The Residencies

The Academic Writing Residency

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. Learn More »

The Arts & Literary Arts Residency

The Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in The Rockefeller Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. Learn More »

The Practitioner Residency

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. Learn More »


The Thematic Residency on Human Behavior

In the summer of 2016, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center hosted a special thematic residency bringing together an international group of residents whose works connects to the cross-cutting topic of human behavior. Over the course of the month-long residency, residents advanced their own projects and spent time sharing their work and feedback with one another. The group engaged through informal dialogue as well as in a set of discussions facilitated by ideas42, a nonprofit that uses insights from the behavioral sciences to address social problems.


The Bellagio Center Residency Program purposefully brings together a diversity of thought and practice, and former Bellagio residents often share that feedback from their fellow residents led them to take their work in a different direction. The common thread of human behavior woven throughout the residency projects brought this element of constructive disruption to a heightened level. Practitioners took insights from the behavioral sciences to change what they were doing on the ground; artists started thinking about how to apply academic methodologies to measure the impact of their work; and academics reflected on how the arts can help expand our understanding of behavior beyond the cognitive elements to also incorporate the emotions that factor into decision-making.

Selected residents of this thematic residency included Juan-Camilo Cárdenas, Paul J. Ferraro, Vibha Galhotra, Christopher J. Graves, Ma. Regina Hechanova Alampay, Tahir Hemphill, Eric J. Johnson, Vishwajeet Kumar, Carrie R. Leana, Godfrey “Gado” Mwampembwa, Ruby Rumié, Kim Thuy Seelinger, and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe.