Delhi Residency: Open Call

Do you have a bold, visionary idea? Would you like to transform it into an engaging concept that can travel the world? If that sounds like you, then apply for the SPACE10 Residency program.

SPACE10 Delhi
SPACE10 Delhi

The SPACE10 Residency program is a platform for promising and seasoned talent from diverse disciplines to explore their practice through creative collaboration and loose briefs. As a resident, you’ll join us for a fixed period of time to work on the global challenges we’ve identified while providing our team with new perspectives.

About SPACE10

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to enable a better everyday life for people and planet. We research and design innovative solutions to some of the major societal changes expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come.

At our core, we prioritise a collaborative approach and strive to surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us. We work with an ever-growing network of forward-thinking specialists and creatives from around the world and share all our research and ideas publicly. Alongside that, we regularly host exhibitions, talks, dinners and screenings to engage with people, provoke imagination, diversify our perspective and advance our mission. SPACE10 is proudly supported and entirely dedicated to IKEA — working as an independent research and design lab.

Identified Opportunity — For You and SPACE10

‘Life At Home Essentials For the Many’ is where we explore realistic solutions for bringing the fundamentals of life — access to clean air, energy and water — to people around the world with even the thinnest wallets. What does it mean for global health, education and quality of life when almost a 1 billion people gain access to electricity after living without? How does human well-being improve when the essentials for life are affordable and within reach for all? Can we build a sustainable system that secures access to life’s necessities for every person on the planet?

How to Apply

You will have to answer the brief. Click on ‘Apply now’ below to access the brief and the application form.

What do Residents Get Access to at SPACE10?

As a resident you will get full access to SPACE10, our in-house facilities, digital tools, Program and Journal channels — and physical and digital interface with our community.


Brief & Deliverables

We are looking for people with a hands-on approach to answering the following briefs. You can submit everything from a sketch, painting or video to a microsite, design or algorithm, etc. We encourage you to use your creative practice to show us how you would work with the given subject.

Final deliverable:

1. The proposal must be explained and exemplified in a maximum 10-slide PDF presentation, including a project timeline. The total maximum word count is 1500.

2. A maximum 200 word description in which you introduce yourself, your values and your motivation for the residency.

The answer to the brief will serve as the foundation for your residency. The concrete objective and deliverables of your residency will be defined in collaboration with SPACE10 and you prior to your arrival.

Brief: Life at Home Essentials For the Many

We research the societal, environmental and technical shifts likely to impact people’s everyday lives. We believe in the possibilities of changing old habits for better futures. With more challenges arising from a growing population and finite resources, we need to utilise technology and design to provide increased access to clean air, water and energy at a fraction of the cost.


How would you experiment with today’s available technologies to design a solution, service or product for one of life’s essentials — clean air, energy or water? Could you do so in a way that was democratic, affordable and sustainable?

A picture of the facade of the Delhi office
SPACE10 Delhi

What will SPACE10 cover?

  • A monthly stipend
  • Transport
  • Budget to cover accommodation (if applicable)
  • Daily lunch
  • Materials


  • Application deadline: January 27
Interviews: Feb. 3 – 7
Final decision
: February 10
  • Residency starts: February 17
  • Residency ends: April 15

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the residency?

The residency is two months. The start date is February 10, 2020 and the residency ends on April 10, 2020.

Can I apply as a team?

Yes. Just make it clear in the deliverables that you are applying as a team, and submit one person’s contact information on the application platform. The stipend will be split between the team.

Is an educational background required to apply?

No, you don’t need an educational background to apply. However, students are welcome to apply; both graduate and undergraduate level students are eligible.

Can I apply as a student?


Who will work with me during my stay?

During your stay, you will have access to the whole SPACE10 team. You will have a mentor attached to your project, as well as the possibility to be mentored in different skills relevant to you and your project. Your interaction with the team will therefore differ depending on who you are and what your project will be about.

Can I apply from abroad?

Yes. Interviews can be conducted remotely.

Can I work from abroad?

No, you will need to work in the SPACE10 office in Delhi during your residency.

Is the residency an internship?

The residency is not an internship. SPACE10 does not offer internships because as a principle, we pay all of our collaborators and see residents as a key arm of our network.

Who is responsible for getting work permits and visas?

You will be expected to apply and pay for your visa, if needed. SPACE10 will support you and fill out all the information needed from our side.

When is the deadline?

We close the application forum on January 20, 2020, 23:59 PM (IST). We don’t accept late applications.

What do I need to submit?

Final deliverables include:

• The answer to the brief. Your answer, or proposal, must be explained and exemplified in a maximum 10-slide PDF presentation, incl. a project timeline. The total maximum word count is 1500.

• A maximum 200 word description where you introduce yourself, your values and your motivation for the residency.

You have to submit both deliverables. Applications that do not meet the final deliverables will not be considered.

Your question wasn’t answered by the FAQ? Reach out to us! [email protected].

At SPACE10, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our creativity and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact [email protected]