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Conference Program Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines for the Bellagio Center Conference Program

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Program uses the online application system FluidReview to receive all applications.

Conference applications are accepted on a rolling basis
We recommend that you read through all of the guidelines provided before you begin an application form.

All applications must be in English.
Submitting an Application in FluidReview
Supported Browsers
Fluid Review works best with Chrome and Firefox. Safari should work well for most users but Internet Explorer is not recommended.
FluidReview login and application reference number
Submission confirmation will be sent to the email address you registered with. Make sure you keep your FluidReview login and application reference number in case of technical difficulties or program enquiries.
This application allows you to save and edit information.
You do not need to finish your online application in one session.

We do not accept incomplete applications.
All materials must be provided at the point of submission and meet the application requirements.

Once you submit your application, no further changes will be allowed. You will be able to log-in and view a completed application, but you will not be able to make changes to the submitted materials after the deadline.

Conference Program Profile
The Bellagio Center's Conference program provides space for intimate meetings (18 or 22 participants) who share in the Foundation’s mission and goals. Conference organizers include non-governmental organizations, multi-lateral agencies, private sector, universities, professional and global networks, or other organizations. A defining characteristic of Bellagio conferences is that they benefit from the perspectives of a diverse array of stakeholders and decision makers from around the world and across disciplines.  This mix of new-found and ongoing links among conference participants produces stronger outcomes and a higher likelihood of success in meeting conference goals.

We strongly encourage conference organizers to use the Bellagio Center to build new connections among participants who do not already work together on a regular basis.  Conference organizers who propose a meeting addressing issues impacting the developing world should have a high percentage of people from that geographic area.  At times, the Foundation may make recommendations of potential participants to the meeting. The Foundation may also suggest a rapporteur or journalist to capture the proceedings and will contact the conference organizer after the event to discuss the outcome.

Project Topics
The Center has a strong interest in conference proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world.  Successful proposals also commonly demonstrate relevance to one or more of these topics: health, economic opportunity and jobs, urban resiliency, food and agriculture, clean energy, the field of philanthropy, and innovation for development. Conferences that serve to catalyze action or stimulate dialogue around these topics compliment and advance the Foundation’s mission and goals, which are further described here

Deadlines & Decisions
Conference applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines. 

Typically, selection decisions are made within 8 to 10 weeks of submitting an application. We encourage you to apply 8 to 12 months before your anticipated meeting dates. 

If you have any application-related questions, please contact us at