Creative Residencies FAQ


Applying to Eyebeam Residency or Fellowship

I'd like to apply, but you haven't told me how to yet. What's going on? 

In the coming spring, we are putting our residency on hold for the first time in a decade. We’re pausing in order to rethink the whole program from the ground up, asking our 300+ alums for their guidance:

  • Which practitioners need Eyebeam’s support? 
  • What does that support look like?
  • How do we make their vision real and how can we increase its impact in our communities?

The evolved form of the residency may be similar to its current one, or drastically altered. We just don't know yet—but expect news about it in March or April of 2016. 

Project Residency vs. Research Residency: What’s the difference? 

The Project Residency is project based. Intake evaluation is based upon the strength of the project proposal and the applicant’s demonstrated expertise and ability to execute. Project Residents are not required to spend specific amounts of time at Eyebeam, though special consideration is given to applicants who plan to use the resources to the fullest. Project residency calls go out twice a year, in advance of the Spring and Winter cycles. 

 The Research Residency program supports an individual’s overall practice as an artist or technologist, and considers how they might fit into Eyebeam’s environment and contribute to the organization’s growth and community engagement. Research Residents are required to spend at least four weekdays at Eyebeam each week, during business hours. Research Residency calls go out once a year.

International/out of town applicants

All residents are responsible for their travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses. Eyebeam staff will assist as much as possible with locating accommodation in New York.  We can also provide advice in contacting agencies to help negotiate Visa requirements to live and work in the United States.

International residency applicants interested in being considered for a future cycle should indicate this preference in the the application form. This can be helpful when taking into consideration the length of time to procure the appropriate visa. 

Can a collaborative apply for a residency?

Collaborative projects are eligible for the Project Residency program, with up to three members. Please provide resumes and work samples for each collaborator, and describe the contribution of each collaborator in the online application form. Collaborators share the residency stipend.

The Research Residency program does not accept group applications. While Research Residents do often collaborate both within and outside of Eyebeam, each applicant is reviewed based on how they as an individual fit within the overall cohort of incoming residents.


The residency stipend is paid in three installments. The first 1/3 is paid in the first month of the residency period, and the second and third portions provided upon completion of the equivalent time period of the program.

Research Residents are paid $30,000 over an 11-month period.

Attendance expectations

All residents are required to attend weekly check-in meetings as well as monthly critique and feedback sessions (held the third Wednesday of each month).

Attendance requirements are not placed on the project residency program. However, project residents are strongly encouraged to spend as much time as possible at Eyebeam. Special consideration is given to applicants who will take full advantage of the resources in the building. Research Residents are expected to spend at least four full days per week at Eyebeam, from approximately 10AM–6PM.

Skill-based expectations

All Residents are expected to possess the skills necessary to fabricate/produce their projects. If they do not have the skills themselves, they must show an ability to identify and learn the required skills themselves or to independently locate collaborators to perform the work. Eyebeam does not provide project-specific technical assistance. However, Eyebeam residents often assist one another as a natural byproduct of working in a communal studio environment and through SkillShares. 

Work spaces provided to residents and Research Residents

Eyebeam does not have private studios. Residents are provided dedicated desks and storage cabinets within the studios. All worktables, tools, prototyping equipment, and editing facilities are shared. Please describe your space/equipment needs as thoroughly as possible in your application so that the jury can assess how you and your project might fit within Eyebeam. An abbreviated equipment inventory is available.

Where can I learn more?

Check out our How To Apply discussion with guests former Fellow Michael Mandiberg and Curatorial Fellow Lindsay Howard, moderated by Director Roddy Schrock. It gives a good overview of the process and what we''re looking for. (Fellowships referred to in the discussion are now known as Research Residencies).