Frequently asked questions


Community Fund | Creative Residency

Community Fund FAQ


When will Community Fund recipients be notified?

The program runs for 12 months starting April 2020 and gives grants each month. Recipients will be notified within 30-60 days of their application submission.


What kind of commission work will I get if I am accepted through the application process?

Commission work depends on the needs of Adobe and your skills and strength of your portfolio. It can range from writing an article or tutorial, to making a video, or a commissioned artwork for use in an application or on social media.


Do Community Fund recipients receive any additional benefits besides money?

Yes, fund recipients will receive a one year membership to Creative Cloud.


Can I apply for the fund more than once?

No, you can only apply to the Community Fund once for the 2020-2021 year.


I applied to the Creative Residency this year but was not selected. Can I apply to the Community Fund?

Yes, you can apply for the Community Fund. You can only apply to the Community Fund once.


How long will the Community Fund last?

The Community Fund will run for 1 year (12 months) starting on May 1, 2020 until April 30, 2021.


If I am selected to receive funding for a personal project from the Community Fund what happens next?

If your personal project is selected for funding, you’ll receive a grant of anywhere between US$500 and US$5,000 after you complete the requested grant agreement, with the exact amount to be determined by the selection committee.


Who is on the selection committee for the fund?

The selection committee for the Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund will consist of Adobe subject matter experts, spanning various facets of design, photography, etc., who can wholly assess each submission. Selection for Adobe-commissioned projects are based on how well a candidate’s skills match the opportunities available and commission opportunities vary depending on time of year and company focus. For grant applications, we are considering applicants from all visual disciplines that have a digital component and focus on the following fields:

  • Short-form online video
  • Photography
  • Digital drawing and painting
  • Graphic design (digital and print)
  • Experience, interaction, interface design (UX/UI/VX/XD)
  • 3D
  • Motion design


Whom do I contact with additional questions about the Creative Residency Community Fund?
You can ask us any additional quesitons at

Note: Due to the high volume of emails we receive year round, we reply only to questions not answered above.

Creative Residency FAQ


When can I apply for the Creative Residency?

Applications for the 2021 program year will be open early 2021. Visit our How to apply page for more details.


What are the dates of the Creative Residency year?
The Creative Residency runs from May through April each year.


What are the eligibility requirements?
Creative Residents must:

  • Live in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, or Canada
    • Relocation for the duration of the residency to one of these countries will not qualify you to be elligible
  • Be of legal age and status to work in their given country
    • Note: There is no upper age limit
    • The program does not sponsor or extend visas
  • Speak and write fluent English
  • Interact with the creative community in the primary language of the country in which they live — e.g., German residents in German, UK residents in English, Japanese residents in Japanese
    • Application and interviews are in English


In which creative fields are you interested in finding candidates?
We have a focus on the following fields:

  • Short-form online video
  • Photography
  • Digital drawing and painting
  • Graphic design (digital and print)
  • Experience, interaction, interface design (UX / UI / VX / XD)
    • Must use Adobe XD 
    • Coding skills not required

We consider candidates from all visual design disciplines that have a digital component.

If the primary focus of your project is for a creative field such as dance, creative writing, podcasting, or any other field that does not traditionally classify as design or visual art, it is not eligible for the Adobe Creative Residency program.

Projects that primarily focus on design and visual art and have a non-visual component such as podcasting or writing will be considered for the Residency. For instance, past resident Tyler Babin is primarily a videographer who also runs a podcast series; past resident Aaron Bernstein is primarily a photographer who also maintained a blog.


Can an individual apply with another person or as part of a team?
No. We currently accept only individuals for the Creative Residency.


Are Creative Residents paid?
Creative Residents are given health insurance and paid a full salary commensurate with their experience and geographical location. Adobe also covers each resident's travel and select project costs during the residency. Adobe loans residents a laptop for the duration of their residency.


Are Creative Residents required to relocate?
Creative Residents remain in their current living location with their existing studio setup. Residents will visit our Adobe San Francisco office once a quarter and can expect to spend up to 25% of their time traveling to creative events. 


Can Creative Residents work for other clients during the residency?
The focus of the program is for Creative Residents to work on their projects and accomplish their long-term goals. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Can I apply with a project I have already started? 

If you have already started a project, simply outline in your proposal what you've done, what's left on it, and how working on it during the residency will push your skills, benefit your community, and develop your career. Many residents have worked on and finished pre-existing projects during the first few months of their residency. 


Do residents have to do a closing show or capstone at the end of the residency? 

 Unlike school, we do not require a closing exhibit or show of your work. If your career would greatly benefit from you having a solo show, include that in your application project proposal.


If I have a disability, am I eligible for the Residency? 
We welcome all applicants and will provide necessary accommodations upon request.


Whom do I contact with additional questions about the Creative Residency?
You can ask us any additional quesitons at

Note: Due to the high volume of emails we receive each year, we reply only to questions not answered above.

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