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Apply for the Being Human Festival 2018

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Applications are invited for the Being Human Festival 2018. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives. In 2018, the festival’s theme is ‘Origins and Endings’.

There are three ways to get involved in the Being Human festival:

  • ‘Open call’ pathway: The Open Call pathway is all about events and activities that are well thought-through, achievable, easy to organise and fun for all involved – and can run without a direct financial contribution from the festival. Activities in this category typically make use of existing resources, formats and platforms whilst giving them a ‘Being Human festival twist’ by focusing on humanities research and on the festival theme.
  • ‘Small awards’ pathway: Apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities. Small Awards are designed to support creative and exciting festival activities that wouldn’t run without financial support from the festival. Awards can be used to fund either a single event or a small series of activities that offer a very close fit with the ethos and with the festival theme.
  • ‘Hub awards’ pathway: Hub Awards are the largest and most competitive awards made by Being Human. Universities can apply for grants of between £2,000-4,000 under this pathway from funding made available by the festival’s core partners (the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the AHRC and the British Academy). Hubs are required to commit to support activities by means of additional funding and in-kind support, to at least match the value of the sum awarded.


Eligibility criteria vary across the pathways above. However, all activities featured in the festival programme must:

  • Demonstrate aspects of humanities research in ways that are entertaining and accessible for non-specialist audiences;
  • Have direct involvement from a humanities researcher in delivering the event;
  • Be free to attend if funded by Being Human, and no more than £5 to attend if self-funded;
  • Be held during the festival dates.


Applications should be made on the correct form and returned via email to: [email protected].

For more information, visit Being Human Festival.