Grand Canyon Astronomer-in-Residence

Grand Canyon Astronomer-in-Residence

Grand Canyon , AZ, United States

Grand Canyon Conservancy's (GCC) Astronomer-in-Residence program supports astronomers and dark-sky advocates from various disciplines that wish to engage with the night skies of Grand Canyon and build connections with the community by sharing their expertise, instruments, and passion with the park's public.  

Astronomers, both professional and amateur, scientists from ecologists to geologists, dark-sky advocates, educators, writers, and other practitioners with expertise in the night sky are encouraged to apply. We prioritize local Indigenous storytellers who focus on the night sky, and other night sky practitioners from marginalized communities across the United States and beyond.

Selected astronomers live and work at the Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona for up to six weeks in a private one-bedroom apartment above the historic Verkamp's Visitor Center overlooking the Canyon. In addition to free live/workspace, a modest stipend is offered to offset the costs of travel, food, and supplies. Residents have first-hand access to the natural beauty of Grand Canyon National Park, park leadership, staff expertise, on-site resources, archives, and visitors from around the world. 


Grand Canyon Conservancy
4 Tonto - B411
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in a national park or land trust
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
4 weeks - 10 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
How does your residency program support artists?
Unstructured time
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities for work with the local community
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

$20 meal per diem 

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Accessibility Contact Name
Clover Morell
Accessibility Contact Email
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

ADA-Housing available if needed, pending availability

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The regular residence is not ADA accessible. 

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
No housing accommodations available
Accessible Communal Spaces
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Meals Provided
Food stipend provided
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

In residence, a large desk, chair, monitor, and printer are provided. 

Studios/Special Equipment
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Studio Support/Tech
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access