Application requirements

Please read ALL requirements before beginning. The application process will take  approximately 30-45 minutes. 

Important dates:

rest • play • explore • nourish • ignite • trust

Application FAQs

We accept applications from those doing creative and scholarly work in the following fields:

Literature including: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Journalism, Songwriting.

Visual Arts including: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Architecture, Paper/ Textile arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Digital Art, Illustration, Mixed Media, Film/Video.

Performance Art including: Music, Singing, Theatre, and Dance.

Arts & Humanities, Philosophy & Research, and Food Art.

Other – feel free to write in your own unique discipline 

Approximately 18 places are awarded each year.

The online application consists of:

  • An application form
  • 1-2 reference letters
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A description in English of the project that the applicant would pursue during her/his stay
  • 1-3 recent and representative work samples

Referees must know your work and you as a person. All letters should contain an appraisal of your artistic work and an assessment of your ability to participate productively in an intimate, international, multi-lingual community of artists.

Letters will be sent directly through the online application portal through a unique link that is sent to referees via email. Applicants are responsible for following-up with their referees to ensure timely submission.

No. You should choose the discipline that is best related to the project you would pursue at the residency.

Separate applications are required for each resident, even if they are presenting the same project description. Please note that residents working on a collaborative project may have to share the same bedroom and work space.

Applications are accepted through the online application system. We cannot consider any material sent by mail or email.

Yes, there is a $25 application fee. Application fees cover the admissions review process and are non-refundable.

Residencies are 2 weeks long.

$3500 – USD/ person in private room

$3000 – USD/ person in shared room

Please see What’s Included & Price

We have very minimal fellowship funding available and it is highly competitive. Please indicate on your application if financial assistance is essential and why. 

We are always glad to assist you in applying for grant funding by providing a formal letter of invitation. 

Sometimes work exchange options become available. Please contact director@essereresidency for details. 

Jan 15 (11:59pm ET) is the application deadline for all residencies scheduled for fall.

No, if you miss the application deadline, you must wait until the next application period to apply.

Candidates are notified of the results by email by Jan 31.

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