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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 and includes opportunities to showcase the interactions between the sciences and humanities, or the sciences through 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 of getting involved in the festival:

1.‘Open call’ pathway

Organise an activity that does not require a direct financial contribution from Being Human that will be supported and promoted as part of our programme.

2. ‘Small awards’ pathway

Apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.

3. ‘Hub awards’ pathway

Apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year).

The full call for all pathways is also available as a downloadable PDF.

There is a separate application form for each of our three pathways. Applications should be made on the correct form and returned via email to:

The timetable is as follows:

• Wednesday 13 April (5pm): Deadline for applications for funding
• Thursday 31 May: Notification of outcome of applications
• Monday 4 June (5pm): Deadline for unfunded event applications
• July: Deadline for submission of final event details for print
• August: Deadline for final event details for website


For full details, visit the Being Human website.


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