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Photo: ‘Sisterhood of the ring’ 2018 – The University of Sheffield

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Festival overview

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. The core festival objectives are:

  • to demonstrate the value of humanities research to society in the UK and globally;
  • to encourage, support and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences;
  • to embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector;
  • to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

Being Human 2021

Being Human festival will return 11–20 November 2021, with the theme ‘Renewal‘. The deadline to apply for funding via our Hub Award and Small Award grants has now passed, but there are still ways to take part in the festival. Find out more below.

Please submit your completed application form, activities grid and any relevant letters of support via email to by the deadlines stated below.

2021 webinar

We held a webinar for those interested in applying to take part in this year’s festival, watch it back here.

COP26 Hub Award

Apply for an institutional grant of up to £20,000 to organise multiple activities based around public engagement with climate change and the environmental humanities. This is a closed call open only to research institutions in Glasgow.

Application guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

Deadline: Friday 4 June

Open Call

Organise an activity that does not require funding from us.

Application guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

Deadline: Monday 28 June

Being Human Cafes

A simple, off-the-shelf format for unfunded activities.

ToolkitApplication guidelines | Application form

Deadline: Monday 28 June

Hub Award

Apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000 – £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival hub.

Application guidelines

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Small Award

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

Application guidelines

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Find out more

Please see our FAQs page if you would like to know more about the festival and the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your question there, please email: We encourage applicants to refer to our toolkits and case studies before making an application. A PDF version of the festival Terms and Conditions is available here.