Djerassi Resident Artists Program




Artist Residencies

Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Question


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Application Guidelines


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2017 for a residency in 2018

APPLICATIONS:Applications will be available at the end of November.

Use the apply link on the left of the page or go directly to the online portal at slideroom using this link:

ELIGIBILITY AND RE-APPLICATIONS: National and International visual artists, composers, choreographers, media artists, writers and scientists (for the SDM session) are eligible. Alumni must wait three seasons before reapplying for a return residency. Example: 2015 residents can reapply for the 2019 residency season. Artists who were placed on alternate status may reapply for the next season. Please note the application form, resume and all support materials must be in English. Students are not eligible for residencies.

ADMISSIONS PANELS: Invitations for residencies are extended based on evaluations made by panels consisting of artists and arts professionals in each discipline. The panels meet once a year to review applicants within those disciplines. Panelists are rotated each year. Approximately 85 artists are selected each year to work on independent or collaborative projects.

PROCESSING FEE: A nonrefundable processing fee of $45 is required with each application. Media uploads are inlcuded in this fee. The fee is to be paid by credit card at the end of the on-line application process in slideroom.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified in September of the year they applied.

ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES: There are five categories.

  1. Literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
  2. Visual Art, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and installation art
  3. Music Composition, instrumental forms (symphonic, chamber music, band), vocal forms (opera, choral, songs), electronic music, and music for film.
  4. Choreography, artists working in choreography.
  5. Media Art/New Genres, film, video, multi media, performance/experimental theater, sound art and radio.

Applicants should apply in the category that best represents their work. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Applicants with concerns about choice of panel should contact the Residency Coordinator before submitting an application.

RESIDENCY SESSIONS:The residency dates for 2018 will be on our website at the end of November.

There are 6 residency sessions each 29 days long from April through mid-November. No shorter or partial residencies are offered. Session 3 (June 28- July 26) is for *Scientific Delirium Madness* only.

  1. April 5 - May 3
  2. May 10 - June 7
  3. June 28- July 26 *Scientific Delirium Madness*
  4. August 2 - August 30
  5. September 6 - October 4
  6. October 18 - November 15             

SCIENTIFIC DELIRIUM MADNESS: Session 3, June 28- July 26 * Scientific Delirium Madness*, a special initiative of Djerassi Program in collaboration with LEONARDO/ISAST. Djerassi will host 6 scientists and 6 creative artists whose work explores the continuum of art and science for a special 29 day residency.Residents during this session are expected to participate in the Annual Open House AND may be asked to share their experience in an academic-style conference.

We ask scientists interested in the Scientific Delirium Madness session to use the 2017 Scientific Delirium Madness: Application for Scientists on the slideroom portal.

For the disciplines of visual arts, media arts, literature, music composition, and choreography, if your work is informed or grounded by biology, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, agriculture or environmental science, please use the Application for your specific discipline and include Session 3 among your prioritized session choices.

COLLABORATIONS: Artists who plan to collaborate during the residency must submit individual applications. Work space needs should be clearly specified (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required). Also indicate if you are interested in attending as an individual artist.

COUPLES: Couples must apply separately with the understanding that each applicant will be reviewed separately by their discipline’s panel. If both artists are selected, we will make every effort to schedule you at the same time and arrange appropriate accommodations. Separate studios will be assigned unless otherwise requested. Please note on your applications if you would like to share the same living quarters.

CHOREOGRAPHY APPLICANTS: Choreographers may request to have one DANCER or one VIDEOGRAPHER in residence or request the time alone. This should be noted in the work plan on the Panel Review Form.

GUESTS: Accommodations are limited to selected individual residents only. No accommodations for spouses, partners, or children are available. Friends or family who are in the area for brief visits cannot be accommodated overnight at the facility. They are welcome for day visits and dinner at the ranch. No personal pets are allowed.

GERALD OSHITA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP FOR COMPOSERS: Contributed by an anonymous donor, the Fellowship is designated for a composer of Asian, African, Latino, or Native American ethnic background. The Oshita Fellow receives a one-month Djerassi Program residency, during which the recipient is free to compose, study, rehearse, and otherwise advance his or her own creative projects, plus cash stipend.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.


Submit six jpeg images to best present your work.
Provide 6 Images (up to 5 MB each)

You may submit more than one type of media to best present your work.
Excerpts of video work and film segments are requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Provide 1-6 items.
Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Excerpts of work requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Accepted media files (mov, wmv, flv, mp4)
Provide 1-5 items. Video (up to 60 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo

You may include 2 separate musical scores (PDF). This is optional not required. For works created without a score, a brief statement describing the recorded music should be included. You can do this after you upload. All audio samples need to be uploaded as MP3.
Provide 1-5 items. Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from SoundCloud

Submit work (PDF) in only one genre per application.
Provide 1-5 items. PDFs (up to 10 MB each)
Prose: fiction, creative non-fiction, translation
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
Drama: scripts, screenplays, librettos
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
Poetry: 10 short, one-page poems or appropriate excerpts of a longer poem. Please include all poems in one file. no more than 10 pages
Graphic Novels: graphic novels

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road  
Woodside, CA 94062

650 747-1250