AR Creator Residency Program

At Snap, we're committed to supporting creativity and innovation in communities around the world. With that mission in mind, we're excited to announce our first AR Creator Residency program—a global initiative designed for artists and developers to explore new ways to bring their work to life with augmented reality! 

Each month, we'll post a new residency project brief on this page, at which time creators can submit a proposal for funding. Successful applicants will receive a grant between $1,000 and $5,000 USD (depending on complexity and originality), and an opportunity to complete their project over a period of 4 weeks with support from Snap's internal technical and creative teams. 

Create a Lens with SnapML

To celebrate the launch of SnapML, our first residency project invites creators to build Lenses with the new Machine Learning Component in Lens Studio 3.0! With SnapML, anyone can bring neural networks they've trained directly into Lens Studio to power Lenses that detect, classify, segment, apply styles to their surroundings, and more.

To apply for project funding, share your vision for an innovative Lens that transforms your surroundings. If your proposal is approved for residency, you can expect to engage with a Snap mentor through virtual office hours and receive expedited Lens Studio support. Final Lenses will be featured in Lens Explorer and considered for additional promotion. Upon completion of the residency, all participants will be considered for the Official Lens Creator program where members are granted a verified account and Creator Profile on Snapchat. OLCs also enjoy additional benefits like beta access to Lens Studio and potential revenue and partnership opportunities.  

As you develop your concept, keep in mind that the intention of the residency project is for creators to train ML models to power their Lenses. You can learn more about how to train an ML model for SnapML here. However, if you have a particularly unique idea that uses one of the 5 SnapML templates available, your project may still be considered for funding. Review all of the SnapML resources as well as the eligibility requirements below before submitting a proposal.

Key Dates

    • The application for SnapML project funding will be open until 11:59pm PST July 10
    • Successful applicants will be notified the week of July 13
    • The 4-week SnapML residency will run July 20 - August 14

Eligibility & Guidelines

Individuals and small teams are eligible to apply, however the grant amount will be determined by the project proposal and will not be adjusted based on the number of contributing team members. 

Creators do not need to have direct experience in AR, but most successful applicants will have professional level expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Technical Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Machine Learning
  • Fine Art/Illustration
  • 3D Modeling/Animation
  • Interactive Programming

Applicants must be 18 years or older and be comfortable speaking and writing in English.

Participation in this program does not establish or imply any current or future employment, service, contracting, or similar relationship with Snap Inc.

If you have additional questions about the residency program, send us a note at

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