Frequently Asked Questions

Please direct questions to Tim Spuck at AND Mary Mayo at

Who may apply? Anyone may apply for the four positions fully supported by your institution and/or personal funding. This includes US as well as non-US citizens. The remaining six slots are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are amateur astronomers, K through college formal and informal educators who teach astronomy as part of their curriculum or program, planetarium educators, or those working in the area of astronomy communications.

Can AUI, AURA, NRAO, NOAO, or Gemini employees apply for the program? We recognize many AUI, AURA, NRAO, NOAO, and Gemini employees engage in a great deal of astronomy education and outreach, ACEAP is a collaborative project between these institutions. As a result, their employees may only apply for the four institution/self-funded positions on the expedition team.