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The teams behind Inkstick Media and Bombshelltoe Policy x Arts Collective will offer a virtual* eight-month residency open to journalists, artists, and international security experts.

The Creative Capsule Residency will encourage participants to cultivate and share their work beyond traditional frameworks so that they can experiment with new modes of storytelling, take provocative risks, and imagine a radical workspace that welcomes the interweaving of policy, research, and creativity. To kick off the 2022-2023 inaugural class, this residency will accept up to three participants whose final work product will focus on nuclear security issues (see eligibility below).

During this residency, selected participants will focus on a project proposal while shadowing Inkstick Media editors and Bombshelltoe artists to learn about their respective work processes, including:

• How to present foreign policy histories and analyses that also champion creative expression (going beyond the traditional analytical formats found in the peace and security fields); • How to integrate a community-centered approach in research practices; • How to think like an entrepreneur (finding ways to brand, fund, and share one’s vision).

Residents will also benefit from peer-to-peer craft and critique workshops, as well as the guidance of a multidisciplinary panel of advisors. By the end of the program, residents will share their projects to be published online via Inkstick and its associated channels, and/or presented in physical form or events. Residents will receive a $6,000 stipend for their time, along with a $600 travel stipend and $1000 production stipend, to be used toward research, design and creation of a final work product.

*Note: In-person events may take place if safe and responsible conditions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are possible.


Class 1 (November 2022 – July 2023): – Application open from August 23 to October 14, 2022 – Residents selected by Nov. 1 – Residency will run from November 14, 2022 to July 17, 2023


For the first residency class, the Creative Capsule Residency will accept applications from individuals interested in working on nuclear security (energy, nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament) issues at the local, regional, or global level. We welcome applicants from all career levels, from recent graduates entering the field, mid-career professionals figuring out next steps, to senior level experts needing a breath of fresh air!

We are especially excited to bring in candidates who can articulate their interest in merging their research or reporting with other urgent topics today, including (but not limited to): environment and climate change; intersectionality; food and health; and sustainability and resilience.

We encourage applications with project ideas (see more below) at any stage of work – from a pitch idea or rough outline, all the way to an almost-final draft that needs resources to pilot or execute. We will select residents based on the quality and relevance of their project pitch, and the promise of their work.

Not eligible for this round? Stay tuned for more in 2023! We will post information about Class #2 of the Creative Capsule Residency in the Spring of 2022. Class #2 will welcome applicants with international security expertise (not exclusively nuclear). We will select up to five residents for this class. More information coming soon!


– Project Proposal (no more than 2 pages): Tell us what you want to work on! Please provide a synopsis of your project, and what you would like to accomplish during the residency. Be sure to provide specifics (eg: currently in outline form and need expert advice on how to get started; would like to have a draft or published by the end of residency; need to find artistic collaborators, etc.). – Cover Letter: Tell us more about yourself, your professional and creative aspirations, what inspired your project idea, and what you anticipate will be the impact of your project once it is complete. – Work sample: Please share a sample of the work you intend to pursue during the residency. This could be a first draft, a project outline, a link to a trailer or source video/audio, etc. – Resume: We accept any format. – References: 1-2 references who can talk enthusiastically about your work.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please submit applications online here or by email to Laicie Heeley ( by October 14, 2022!