Landis Scientist-In-Residence Program

Landis Scientist-In-Residence Program

The Landis Science in Residence program carries on the long legacy of scientific excellence in the Greater Yellowstone community.

Bob Landis has generously built the residence to honor the legacy of his late wife, artist and educator, Connie Landis.  

The Landis gift to Yellowstone Forever will provide artists and scientists an unparalleled opportunity to live and work in Yellowstone country. The Landis gift will provide quality housing for them as well as an endowed program to take part in. 


When: Year round
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Length: 1-6 months per scientist
Who can apply: Scientists must be 21 with work done in the last two years. Read the full list of requirements below.
Application deadline: Applications are submitted on a bi-annual basis. Applications are due October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020.
Application: Applications will open again March 1.

Facility: The Gardiner-based Yellowstone Forever Art and Science Residence is a duplex home located on a residential street in Gardiner, Montana at the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The residence will house both artists and scientists simultaneously. The scientist will reside on one level of the duplex with shared laundry access and a work space. Each level has two bedrooms with a queen size bed in one and two twin size beds in the other. The facility can accommodate a limited number of family members. If interested in bringing your family, please indicate this in your application form. The housing space is fully furnished and includes bedding for the three beds and a kitchen stocked with appliances and utensils.

The Heritage and Research Center is also located in Gardiner and houses Yellowstone’s museum collection, archives, herbarium, research library, and archeology lab. The collection is one of the largest in the National Park system with several million items.

The scientist will also have access to the Yellowstone Forever Institute’s Library.

Collaboration: Please have one person listed as the main applicant and include your specific needs for lodging and workspace. Each member must supply an individual resume as part of the application.

Travel: Entry fees into the park will be covered by Yellowstone Forever. Residents are responsible for finding their own transportation to Gardiner, MT. Yellowstone National Park is 2.2 million acres with 466 miles of road and a vehicle is necessary to fully experience all the park has to offer. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Communication/Internet: Gardiner has cell phone service and Wifi is also provided to the resident. Cell service is limited when traveling in the interior of the park.

Food: Residents are required to provide all their own food and meals. The residence has a complete kitchen stocked with basic cooking essentials. Gardiner has a grocery store and several restaurants.

Materials: Yellowstone Forever provides a work space in the Landis Residency with basic supplies, hardware, and furniture. The resident must provide all their own materials for their personal projects.

Weather: Throughout the summer months the weather in Yellowstone can range from 90 degrees during the day to 30 degrees at night. Winters in Yellowstone can be brutal with highs at 32 degrees and dropping below -20 degrees. The resident should be prepared to handle a variety of weather events and should check the forecast before arrival.

Public Programs: We ask Gardiner-based residents prepare a one hour presentation to be given either at the Yellowstone Forever office building in Gardiner or during the Science on Tap program through the Sage Lodge located in Paradise Valley.

Pets: Pets are not allowed in the residence due to allergies and the limited access for pets to be in the park. Service animals are allowed and please disclose this information in your application.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the residence or the grounds of the building.

Fees: The application process is free. Residents will be provided with housing in a fully-furnished home overlooking the Yellowstone River for a modest lease rate of $75/week. Residents must submit a $200 cleaning deposit.

All applications must be submitted through the following link:

Applications are accepted on a bi-annual basis:

  • Call for applications is open January 1, 2020 and must be submitted by March 1, 2020 with notifications by April 1, 2020.
  • Call for applications is open September 1, 2019 and must be submitted by October 1, 2019, with notifications by November 1, 2019.
  • If space is available, applications will be accepted on an on-going basis.

Questions can be directed to

Work Sample Requirements: All work submitted should relate to the nature of the work the resident plans to produce during their residency.

  • Scientist: 3-5 published papers or 15 pages of research. Provided in a Word doc, URL, or PDF.
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Student: 1-3 published papers and/or a description of your past and current work, 500 word limit.

Statement of Intent: In the application you will describe your scientific research (discipline/ medium/ activity) and how spending time in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will benefit your work. Some collecting of biological and geological materials is permitted, through a permitting process. Please describe what you might collect and what you anticipate you may need: Limit 500 words.

Public Outreach Proposal: The resident will submit a proposal on their public presentation. Limit 300 words. 

Biography: The resident will submit a short biography. Limit 300 words.

Resume: The resume should include experience, publications, awards. Limit 4 pages.

Preferred Dates: In the application please list three time periods you will be available up to one year from your application submission. Check in is typically on a Tuesday and check out on a Thursday. Note if you are flexible.