NextFab 2025 Washington Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19146 +1 (215) 921-3649

Residency Application

Application Materials

  1. COVER LETTER: Kindly introduce yourself and your team members, and provide some context for your residency application.
  2. RESIDENCY PLAN: Applicant(s) should outline the primary goal for their residency in as much detail as possible, describe a rough schedule for the duration including realistic milestones, and a feasible set of activities well-matched to the capabilities of NextFab and supporting the goal. Please carefully respond to the application judging criteria listed below. Images and links to online documentation are acceptable, but kindly compile the residency plan into a single PDF document for submission.
  3. FEE: An application fee of $50.00 is required. Payment can be made by check or credit card. The application fee is reduced to $25.00 for current NextFab Studio members in good standing.
  4. RESUME: Submit a current resume or CV for each applicant team member.

Application Judging Criteria

  • Clearly articulated and achievable primary goal or endeavor
  • Clearly articulated and rational need for privacy and/or 24 hour access
  • Social, economic, artistic, or technological / scientific impact of goal
  • Clearly articulated and rational need for the technical capabilities of NextFab Studio
  • Demonstrated ability of applicant / team to complete complex and challenging projects
  • Clearly articulated plan for constructively engaging NextFab member community in achievement of primary goal or endeavor
  • Clearly articulated plan for contributing skills and experience to the NextFab member community


Please submit all application materials in PDF format by email to


Residents will be selected by NextFab Studio management from among all timely submitted and complete applications. Applications will be considered relative to the criteria outlined above, using methods that NextFab Studio management, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. Interviews of final round candidates will be performed prior to selection of residents. All decisions are final.


Primary applicant must be at least 18 years of age. Applicant collaborators 17 years old or younger are permitted only when parent or legal guardian of at least 18 years of age is the primary applicant.
 NextFab Studio does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, or national origin. 


All application materials will be treated as confidential disclosures to NextFab management. Please contact NextFab management with any questions.


Residents and all active team members must be full members of NextFab Studio in good standing for at least the duration of a residency, and must comply with all rules and regulations. For reasons of safety and liability, certain tools, materials, and activities are not permitted to be stored or used within offices, and only office-type equipment may be used overnight. However, residents will have overnight access to the 2nd floor lounges, kitchenette, and restrooms, and the full suite of network and software resources. In order to maintain the open collaborative spirit of the NextFab community, residents are expected to participate in the community by sharing their unique experience and skills with others on a regular basis, and by actively engaging the community as a resource for problem solving and critical feedback.  Rather than a burden, residents find these interactions to be rewarding and highly productive.