Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence Application


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.)

Here are some examples of possible residencies:

  1. You are an amateur astronomer with impressive telescopes and vast experience with outreach. You would like to provide your expertise to park visitors through nightly public talks and informal telescope-viewing on the rim of the canyon.
  2. You are an astrophotographer. You would like to provide the park with professional-quality time-lapses and fine art night photography to be used on Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC) and the park's website and social media sites. You provide at least two public workshops on night sky photography during your stay.
  3. You are an outreach astronomer. You’d like to spend your residency providing constellation talks to the public. You also produce a daily series of short videos on how to live a night-sky-friendly lifestyle to be used on GCC and the park’s social media sites.
  4. You are a visual artist who wants to install a conceptual art piece about night skies and light pollution at the visitor center. You provide a few public workshops on your craft.
  5. You are a composer who wants to write a series of nocturnes inspired by Grand Canyon night skies. You present a public performance of some famous nocturnes during your residency.
  6. You are a writer or a scientist. You would like to write a piece about the effects of living in a dark environment on our sleep and well-being. You present at least two public presentations in the park. You publish the piece in Grand Canyon Conservancy’s magazine, Canyon Views.
    The possibilities are endless! We are open to all sorts of creative proposals. 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 resident will be selected based on past accomplishments, the quality of the work samples provided, and how your residency will contribute to broadening our understanding of Grand Canyon night skies.


Applicants should be at least 18 years of age or older and should demonstrate a track record of professional educational pursuit. United States citizenship or residency are not required. However, at the time of residency, the resident must have all appropriate legal documentation for traveling to the United States for the full duration of their residency. Astronomers In Residence at Grand Canyon National Park must abide by the rules and regulations of the National Park Service and follow park-issued guidance when given. Applicants must agree to all terms listed in the Call for Entry description and sign a formal contract upon acceptance of the residence stating all terms and conditions of the program. Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, or national origin. Every reasonable effort within the capacity of GCC will be made to accommodate artists with disabilities or accessibility needs.

Applications are due September 30th, 2022. Astronomers will be notified of their acceptance by November 15, 2022.