Applying to Eyebeam Residency or Fellowship FAQ

Answers to some of Eyebeam’s most frequently asked application questions can be found below. A complete residency description is here.

Residency Cycle Dates

Our Summer/Fall Residency Call for Applications is now open, you can apply here.

International/out of town applicants

Out of town residents and fellows 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.

All international applicants will need to apply for the appropriate visa. Ninety-day residencies can be considered for applicants whose country of citizenship participates in the visa waiver program. For this reason and in the interest of securing the necessary funding for lodging and travel, foreign applicants are encouraged to apply four to five months prior to their desired residency dates. For example, applicants wishing to apply for the Summer/Fall 2009 residency should apply at the beginning of the Summer 2009 call cycle, beginning April 1. Residency applicants interested in being considered for a future residency cycle should indicate this preference in the final question of the application form.

Fellowship applicants can only apply for the current cycle.

Residency vs. Fellowship: What’s the difference?

The residency is project based. 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.

The fellowship program reviews an individual’s overall practice as an artist or technologist, and considers how they might fit into Eyebeam’s production environment. Fellows are required to spend at least four weekdays at Eyebeam each week, during business hours.

Can a collaborative apply for a residency?

Collaborative projects are eligible for the residency program. Please provide resumes and work samples for each collaborator, and describe the contribution of each collaborator in the online application form. Collaborators share the $5,000 residency stipend.

The fellowship program does not accept group applications. While fellows 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 fellows.


The $5,000 residency stipend is paid in two installments. The first half is paid in the first week of the residency period, and the remainder is provided upon completion of the program.

Fellows are paid $30,000 over an 11-month period. Additionally, fellows receive a reimbursement for the cost of medical insurance.

Lab visits

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit Eyebeam during open office hours, which take place each Tuesday from 2:00–4:00pm. Open studio events are held twice a year. These open events will allow you a chance to meet current residents and fellows.

Attendance expectations

Attendance requirements are not placed on the residency program. However, 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. Fellows are expected to spend at least four full days per week at Eyebeam, from approximately 10:00AM–6:00PM.

All current fellows and residents are provided 24/7 access to the building. Residents and fellows are expected to attend group meetings and Eyebeam events as frequently as possible. They are also encouraged to actively participate in Research Groups.

Skill-based expectations

Residents and fellows 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 to residents or fellows. However, Eyebeam artists often assist one another as a natural byproduct of working in a communal lab environment.

Work spaces provided to residents and fellows

Eyebeam does not have private studios. Residents and fellows are provided dedicated desks and storage cabinets within one of the labs. All worktables, tools, prototyping equipment, and editing facilities are communal. 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.

A visit during the open studio hours (Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00pm) will enable you to view the facilities in person.

If you have additional questions about Eyebeam’s fellowship or residency programs, contact the Production Coordinator at 212-937-6580 x236, residencyinfo AT eyebeam DOT org, or fellowshipinfo AT eyebeam DOT org.