The Adobe Creative Residency:
Program details and how to apply.

Everyone has a dream project, but few people have the time and resources to pursue it. That’s why we created the residency. Our mission is simple: to support creative individuals in the early stages of their careers and foster a culture of creating and sharing. Find out more about the program and how to apply.


Program details


How the residency works
The Adobe Creative Residency is a structured program designed to help you quickly reach your goals as a creative professional. Your focused residency project is the vehicle that takes you from where you are now to where you want to be in your creative career.

Throughout the year, you’ll proactively make inspiring and innovative work, try new tools and workflows, refine your process, and engage with others to share your progress, discoveries, and outcomes. You’ll also attend events, speak at conferences, and collaborate with other leaders in your field.

"The Creative Residency has taught me to take more creative chances. I’ve said yes to opportunities the old me would’ve found scary—like public speaking and drawing on walls! It also introduced me and my work to some of my biggest design heroes, which has helped me be more confident in putting myself out there."
— Christine Herrin, 2016 Creative Resident
Kelli Anderson, 2015 Creative Resident

The benefits of being a Creative Resident
  • An entire year to focus on a personal creative project
  • Adobe support and expertise to help you realize your project
  • Access to Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Access to hardware as needed for the duration of your residency
  • Opportunities to meet and receive guidance from leading creatives
  • Access to creative events including Adobe MAX and 99U
  • Increased exposure and recognition in the creative community
  • Full salary and health benefits

Becky Simpson, 2015 Creative Resident
“The Creative Residency has allowed the opportunity and laid the foundation for my career as a content creator. I will be forever thankful for the freedom to just create. The progress that I made in my Residency was only possible by devoting 100 percent of my energy to my creative projects — something that would have been impossible without the Creative Residency.”
— Sara Dietschy, 2016 Creative Resident

How to apply

Please read the following application guidelines to be sure you have the best possible chance of success:

1. Before you apply, consider the following aspects of the program:
  • Career experience. We’re looking for applicants who are early in their creative careers, though we do consider applicants who are switching from one creative field to another or from non-design careers. Applicants should have at least a few years of education, training, and/or experience in the field of their proposed projects.

  • Travel requirements. Residents travel up to 25% of the year for Creative Jams, Adobe MAX, 99U, and other conferences. Residents work with the program coordinator to determine which trips are most beneficial for their projects, and travel is spread out over the year.

  • Full-time commitment. If, during the residency year (May-April), you’d be working another job, taking a long vacation, or fulfilling any other commitment that would prevent you from investing yourself full-time in the residency, you are not eligible to be a resident. If you’re a graduating student, you’re eligible only if your tests and coursework are complete by the end of May. 

  • Work ownership and licensing. Residents retain ownership of all the work they create during the residency, but they grant Adobe a license to use that work in promotional materials, at events, and in other venues. Adobe partners with residents to ensure the integrity of their work wherever it’s used.  
2. Take time gathering your application materials.
We’ll be looking at your project proposal alongside your past work samples to determine whether they’re a good match for the program. Be prepared to answer the following kinds of questions in your application:
  • What is your project and how will it help you build toward a career doing this type of work full-time after the residency? 
  • How will this project build off of work you’ve been doing?
  • How will you share your project and process with the creative community?
  • What will others learn from your project?
  • What digital or analog tools will you use?
  • How will mobile apps be integrated into your workflow?
  • What will your creative process be from beginning to end?
  • What will your monthly schedule look like?
3. Carefully select the past projects you want to share with us.
You’ll need to share three past projects along with links to your online portfolio and/or Behance page. Research the best portfolio styles by checking out Behance projects from some of our past residents, including Jessica Bellamy and Rosa Kammermeier.  
4. Provide budget details for your proposed residency project.
Include costs related to your project alone. You don’t need to include salary details or travel or living expenses.  

Want to be a Creative Resident?


For tips on how to craft your best application, read our guidelines.
Then sign up to be notified when the application opens for the 2019 year.