Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence


About the Program 

Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC) seeks solo astronomers, artists, educators, scientists, and other practitioners from around the world who wish to share their expertise, research, and reflections on one of the most pristine night skies in the United States, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The Astronomer-in-Residence (ASTiR) Program at Grand Canyon National Park offers astronomers, both amateur and professional; educators, scientists, visual and performing artists, and writers, the opportunity to practice and share their discipline under one of the most pristine night skies in the United States. Through artwork and educational outreach, the ASTiR inspires visitors to see the values of dark night skies, spreads awareness about the threats of light pollution, and explores society’s complex relationships with natural darkness.

Selected residents live and work at the historic Verkamp’s artist residence at Grand Canyon National Park for a 6-week period and receive a stipend of $2,000 to cover the costs of food, travel, and supplies.  Available residency periods are March 8 – April 19, April 26 – June 7, October 18  November 29, 2023.*

*Please note: shorter residencies will be considered and stipends pro-rated accordingly.

Applications are due October 7, 2022. Astronomers will be notified of their acceptance by the end of November 2022.

Grand Canyon National Park was named an International Dark Sky Park in 2016 by the International Dark-Sky Association.  

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Apply for 2023 Astronomer in Residence


Proposals should include:

  • Brief BIO
  • CV (optional)
  • Artist Statement or Teaching Philosophy (optional)
  • Work Samples:
  • 3-5 images, pages, and/or minutes of media that show the depth and breadth of your recentscholarship and/or practice with titles, dates, medium, and descriptions of work.
  • Press / Media
  • Articles, publications, relevant media
  • Project Proposal addressing each of the following residency outcomes:
  1. Self-guided research and development. What questions will guide your research at the Grand Canyon National Park?
  2. On-site Community engagement (through presentations and/or workshops). Please provide a brief description of the events you’ll facilitate with the community. Who are the participants? What will you need to successfully deliver each event? (Consider location, duration, staffing needs, and supplies.)




Upcoming Residencies and Important Dates

Subject to change


2023 Applications Open NOW!

Lauren Camp

August 2 - 28, 2022

Daniel Fleisch

November 21 - December 21, 2022

Current Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence: Lauren Camp

August 2 - August 28, 2022

Meet Lauren Camp

Writer and educator Lauren Camp is the current Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence. She is living and working at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park from August 2 to August 28, 2022.

Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press), which received the American Fiction Award in Poetry. Other honors include the Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, North American Book Award, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Poem-a-Day, Blackbird, World Literature Today and The Los Angeles Review, and has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, Serbian and Arabic. Camp's work has been supported by fellowships from Black Earth Institute, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Taft-Nicholson Center. She currently lives in New Mexico, where she teaches creative writing to people of all ages. 

For more information about Camp, visit



Lauren Camp Astronomer in Residence

Meet Our Past Residents

Dr. Tyler Nordgren
June 25 - July 16, 2021

Headshot of Dr. Tyler Nordgren


Dean Regas
November 16 - December 8, 2021

Headshot Dean Regas


Imma Barrera
April 28, 2022 - May 23, 2022


Looking Up Podcast

Listen to Dean Regas's Podcast episode "Looking Up: Astronomical Observance From the Grand Canyon (Featuring Tyler Nordgren)" to hear about Tyler's experience at Grand Canyon National Park.

Find the Podcast

What you need to know before applying

The program is similar to the Artist in Residence Program hosted by various national parks. The difference is that the primary focus is on night skies, astronomy, and the various disciplines studying natural darkness. Not only are artists encouraged to apply, the Astronomer in Residence Program also invites educators, advocates, scientists, and other outreach disciplines to share their expert knowledge, inspiration, and equipment with park visitors. The goal is for the applicant to be inspired by the night skies at Grand Canyon and to share that inspiration with park visitors as well as with their own followers.

The Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence is offered in three or week intervals. The resident can choose which timeframe they would like to be on-site. A minimum of three weeks is required, with a maximum of four. There is a base stipend of $1,500 for the first three weeks, then a stipend of $250 if the applicant chooses to stay an extra week. 

Partners, spouses, and guests for the duration of the residency will generally not be permitted. Exceptions to this policy will be evaluated on an individual and based on the person’s critical role to the resident and their work.

The resident will work and live on-site at Grand Canyon National Park for the duration of their residency. Residents will be staying in the historic Verkamp's Visitor Center, overlooking Grand Canyon.

The building has a separate entrance and shares space with Grand Canyon Conservancy’s retail location. The residence is located up a flight of stairs with no elevator access. One designated outdoor parking space is assigned nearby for the residency program. The building is equipped with a kitchen, living room, private bathroom, bedroom, bedding, air conditioning, and small workspace. Please note that the kitchen does not have an oven, but an air fryer is available. Also, there is no washer or dryer at the apartment, and laundry services within the Park will need to be accessed. A small storage space is available for bikes or small equipment. The resident will need to provide their own lock. No full-sized television, computer, or streaming device is available, however, there is a small monitor and DVD player, no DVDs are provided. 

Please note: Verkamp’s Visitor Center is a historic building located on the rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Because of this, connectivity and internet is limited and primarily supports critical retail functions. The resident will have access to the internet during their stay, but the bandwidth will only support basic internet needs such as web browsing, emails, and social media. The resident will need to plan for intermittent outages and availability. If a resident should require a certain level of bandwidth or data to support multiple devices, streaming, audio, video, etc. the resident will need to provide this at their own expense. 

Exterior of historic Verkamp's building.

Applications can be submitted online through Café by the designated due date, and should include: 

1. A statement of purpose

2. CV or resume

3. Applicant biography

4. An overview of the anticipated project

5. Samples of their work

Residents are selected through a jury of park rangers, Grand Canyon Conservancy employees, and night sky advocates and are determined based on artistic and educational merit. 

Applications for 2023 will open in mid-2022. 

The chosen applicant is asked to donate night-sky-inspired content, whether physical, digital, or educational, to the park and Grand Canyon Conservancy. The proposed quantity of donated content will depend on the medium and will be partly-offered by the resident in the application process, partly-negotiated with park staff based on the needs of the park. The specifics of copyright, donation process, and other legalities are outlined in the contract.

A minimum number of public presentations and outreach efforts will be determined based on the discipline of the chosen applicant. If the applicant is an artist, then at least one public presentation will be required. If the applicant is a public educator, then proposals for virtual outreach or staff training will be negotiated.

Grand Canyon National Park is located high on the Colorado Plateau, far from the lights of large cities, in the dry desert southwest. Combined with the clean air and clear skies, Grand Canyon National Park protects some of the most pristine night skies in the United States.

In 2019, Grand Canyon National Park was certified as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. Later that year, the park received the award for International Dark Sky Place of the Year. These distinctions were the culmination of a long history of night sky appreciation at Grand Canyon National Park.

The Astronomer in Residence program is made possible because of support and grants from Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations to this program will help fund future residents and educational programming around Grand Canyon's dark skies.


Learn more about the program

Questions regarding this program? Contact us for additional information.