Frequently asked questions


Community Fund   |   Creative Residency

Community Fund FAQ


When will Community Fund recipients be notified?

The program  hires for commissions each month. Typically, applicants are notified of their application status within 30-60 days of their submission. 

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

Commission work depends on Adobe’s needs as well as your skills and the strength of your portfolio. Commissions can range from writing and recording a tutorial to making a video to creating commissioned artwork for use in an application or on social media. 

If I receive a commission for my project, what kind of license agreement will be put in place? 

We’ll ask you to sign our license agreement, which gives Adobe non-exclusive rights to use your commissioned work for: 

  • Marketing purposes — Your work may appear on our website, blog, social channels, and promotional videos as well as in press images created by us and by third parties (such as our press agencies and partners) when promoting the Creative Residency Community Fund and Adobe apps. 

  • In-app screens — Your work may be featured onscreen when customers open Adobe apps.

  • Education — Your work may be featured in Adobe tutorials and workshops.

You’ll of course retain all copyright to your work and can license it to others as well.


Do Community Fund recipients receive any additional benefits besides money?

Yes, Fund recipients receive one-year memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud and Skillshare along with free Adobe Stock assets.


Can I apply more than once?

No, you can only apply to the Community Fund once.


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

Yes, you may apply for both the Community Fund and the Creative Residency. However, you may only apply to the Community Fund once, whereas you may apply for the Creative Residency as many times as you like. Creative Residency alumni are not eligible for the Community Fund. 

How long will the Community Fund last?

The Community Fund is an ongoing program.


Who’s on the selection committee for the Community Fund?

The selection committee consists of Adobe subject matter experts whose skills and knowledge in different areas of design, photography, etc. give them the tools to assess each submission. Selection for Adobe-commissioned projects is based on how well an applicant’s skills match the opportunities available, and opportunities vary depending on time of year and company focus. We’re considering applicants from all visual disciplines that have a digital component and focus on the following fields:

  •  Video

  • Photography

  • Graphic design

  • Product/interface design (UI/UX)

  • Illustration


Whom do I contact with additional questions about the Creative Residency Community Fund? 
Send your questions to

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

When can I apply for the Creative Residency?

Applications for the 2022-23 year will be open later this year. To receive program updates, sign up to be notified.


What are the dates of the Creative Residency year?
Dates for the Creative Residency will be announced later this year. To receive program updates, sign up to be notified.


What are the eligibility requirements?
Creative Residents must:

  • Eligible countries of residence will be announced later this year. To receive program updates, sign up to be notified.
  • 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, 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 project costs, including hardware, during the 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.


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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