An industry-backed fellowship program that fast-tracks new projects from South Asian creators.

We match emerging artists with industry mentors & partners. They develop each Fellows' projects and give it exposure. Each cohort brings in creative leaders  from all backgrounds to participate in the development of new work.

Fall 2020 Cohort:
Design Fellows

For our first cohort, we picked 4 emerging designers to join our Fellowship. Our Fellows have backgrounds in graphic, engineering, and product design, and they each brought one unique project to develop with their matched Advisor. At the end of the 9 week-season, they presented their work at a Portfolio Showcase, with Creative Directors and Recruiters across the design industry in attendance.


Maryam Shehzad

Advisor: Jane Kate Wong

Maryam designed a photo book titled Faraamosh which highlights architecture and design elements from regions across Pakistan.

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Maryam is a visual designer from Karachi, Pakistan, living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently pursuing her MS in Package Design at Pratt Institute. Her passions include animation, photography, illustration, and typography.


Divya Nayar

Advisor: Gus Cook

Divya built a publication exploring the creative, queer, radical, and intersectional parts of Desi Identity.

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Divya is a junior visual designer at Code & Theory. Her design practice aims to create work that is meaningful and focuses on her own experiences as a South Indian woman. She is the creator of Refusing Refusal and the Lead Designer at SAAG.


Shujaat Syed

Advisors: Porto Rocha

Shujaat built out strategy and art direction for "Hitoto": a line of unique work-from-home products designed in light of the pandemic.

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Shujaat is a junior designer currently freelancing at Concrete design studio in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in visuals and playing with emerging technology to build new interactive experiences.

Love, Paati

Nethra Gomatheswaran

Advisor: Shabnam Shiwan

Nethra created "Love, Paati" — an editorial publication on ancient wellness and beauty rituals from South India, with story excerpts from over 160 rituals.

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Nethra is an experience designer with an engineering background, hailing from South India and currently based in NYC. She’s most interested in creating work within the realms of culture and diversity.

Fall 2020

Design Cohort Advisors

Our Advisors hail from a range of creative backgrounds —  With years of branding, strategy, and creative direction expertise in tow, they bring recognition on every level for their work, including awards from Cannes Lions, Clio, Type Directors Club, One Club for Creativity and the Webbys to name a few.

Leo Porto + Felipe Rocha

Brazilian designers Leo Porto and Felipe Rocha are founders of PORTO ROCHA,  a New York-based design studio developing branding systems, products and experiences. Felipe previously worked as Senior Designer at Sagmeister & Walsh, and his clients have included brands like Snapchat, Airbnb and Spotify. Leo has worked at renowned studios like Pentagram and Mother, and his work has been recognized by The One Club, Print Magazine and The Type Director's Club.His clients have included Target, Nike and Twitch, and he was recenty named a “Young Gun” by The Art Directors Club.


Shabnam Shiwan

At her NZ-based design studio — Osborne Shiwan — Shabnam specializes in strategic thinking and art direction. Prior to her own practice, Shabnam worked as a design director at Alt Group and Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, for clients including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Fisher & Paykel, Better by Design, among others. Her work has been recognised in New Zealand’s Best Awards and AGDA (Australia), as well as the Red Dot Awards (Germany), Clio (USA), ADC (USA), TDC (USA), AIGA (USA) and One Show (USA).


Augustus Cook

Augustus leads Brand Design for Business Transformation, a capability that reinvents businesses by combining innovation consulting, branding, and technology. He’s worked on multiple global brand and identity projects with Google, ABinBev, Nike, Verizon, PepsiCo, Unilever, AdCouncil, and Walmart. He has received countless awards in the industry, including recognition from Cannes Lions, Clio’s, Webbys and Pencils from the One Show to name a few.


Jane Kate Wong

Jane works at the intersection of culture, services, spaces and tech. She designs future experiences for people, going from the environmental to the intimate; from work to play. Prior to Interaction Design, Jane worked in architecture, on both residential and commercial projects. Her clients have included Nike, Jordan, Samsung and the City of Copenhagen, and she’s taught design at SVA, Ad Council and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.


Our design cohort ran for 9 weeks — from September to November, 2020. Design Fellows were matched with 1 Advisor, and received at least six structured sessions to develop their projects. The season culminated in a portfolio showcase, where creative leaders were in attendance to recognize Fellows’ work.

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With a circular system of mentorship, exposure, and industry access, we’re building a tangible career pipeline for our Fellows.

Application FAQ’s

Who is eligible?

Each cycle of the Fellowship focuses on a different creative discipline.
Practicing creatives from that discpline who are between 2-6 years of their professional careers can apply. We ask that applicants be based in North America.

Does this program cost money?

No. Since this is a first-of-its kind initiative for South Asian artists, our Advisors and industry partners generously offer their time. Accessibility is our #1 priority.

How do applications work?

1. Submit an application with a discipline-specific creative project
2. Go through 1-2 interviews with the Third Eye Collective team
3. Advisors vote on Fellow finalists
4. Get matched to your Advisor & develop project

How much time do I get with my Advisor?

You get a clear number of structured sessions — the exact number will vary with each Fellowship cycle, based on the creative discipline & project. Sessions will be scheduled at a cadence that you and your Advisor set.

What’s expected of me?

1. Come with clear project goals
2. Use time with advisors as review / critique sessions
3. Provide feedback on your experience to Third Eye Collective

Is this meant to get me a job?

We do not guarantee 1:1 job opportunities at this time, but we are forming partnerships with creative institutions that will give Fellows a first-look at new gigs. For now, the primary goal of each cohort is to give Fellows direct exposure to professional guidance. With our leading Advisors, you’ll not only supercharge your project, but receive personalized support, network access, and meaningful industry relationships that last beyond this program.

Will you have cohorts for other creative disciplines?

Yes! Every season is focused on 1 creative discipline. You can look out for an announcement about the next cohort later this year.