*Highly globally competitive*
I am reaching out to you today to announce the annual fall competition for academic writing, and arts and literary arts residencies at the Foundation’s Bellagio Center.
As you know, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of four-week residencies and one-week conferences, enables the advancement of critical dialogue, thinking and action that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world. The Center’s programs support the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners from a wide diversity of geographies, sectors and disciplines, extending the rich history of the Center as a convening space for critical cross-disciplinary and international discourse…
Today, the Center has a heightened focus on enabling individuals and organizations that are shaping the thinking and catalyzing action around the Foundation’s strategic goals of building resilience and advancing more inclusive economies. Convening prominent experts, influencers, and other key stakeholders to advance knowledge, form new partnerships, financial commitments, and initiatives that support these goals, enables the Bellagio Center to advance the mission of the Foundation as a compliment to its grant-making efforts.
We hope you will support our effort to spread the word about the latest competition which opened on October 1, 2015 with a final deadline for applications on December 1, 2015. Applicants accepted during this open call will be awarded residencies between August and December of 2016.
We invite you to share the attached outreach flyers (one for academic writing contacts and one for arts contacts) widely in your networks. You may also want to direct prospective applicants to the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center website for additional information. Additional detail on the Foundation’s current initiatives can be found in the Our Work section of the website.
In terms of the resident profiles we aim to attract this year, highly competitive applicants may be described as follows:
· Well-established and highly accomplished artists and academics whose work is aligned with or may inform the discourse around the Rockefeller Foundation’s goals to build resilience and more inclusive economies. Successful applications also commonly demonstrate relevance to the Foundation’s focus areas (Transform Cities, Secure Livelihoods, Revalue Ecosystems and Advance Health).
· Mid and late-career artists and academics and 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.
· Artists and academics whose work has the potential for significant impact—perhaps by shifting thinking in a field, or sparking new ideas.
· Artists and academics 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 are particularly interested in attracting more applicants working in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
Thank you for supporting this effort and sharing news of the competition within your networks.
Associate Vice President and Managing Director,