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. This month, we're focusing on gaming and education.

Design & Develop a Game

AR offers a world of possibilities for immersive, interactive gaming. From action-adventure, to simulation, sports, virtual pet care and beyond, there’s no shortage of opportunity to bring your imagination to life. Tell us about your unique vision for a game you plan to design in Lens Studio!


Create an Educational Lens

AR can help people more effectively engage with the material they’ve set out to learn. Whether a student plans to take on a new language, improve their drawing skills, study for a science test, or learn how to cook, AR can support their goals. How will your Lens shape the future of education?

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To apply for project funding, share your vision for either an AR game or education project you plan to develop in Lens Studio. 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.

Key Dates

    • The application for project funding will be open until 11:59pm PST August 7
    • Successful applicants will be notified the week of August 10
    • The 4-week residency will run August 17 - September 11

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

Submit a proposal