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Get involved in Being Human

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.

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.

Being Human 2019: ‘Discoveries & Secrets’

The 2019 festival will take place 14-23 November on the theme ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. There are three ways to get involved in the Being Human festival.

The full call for all pathways is available as a downloadable PDF or as individual pathways below.

‘Small Awards’ pathway

Apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

‘Hub Awards’ pathway

Apply for a larger grant of £2,000-£4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival hub.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

‘Open Call’ pathway

Organise activities that do not require funding.

Guidelines | Application form | Activities grid

Making an application

The deadline for funded applications is 8 April 2019 and for the ‘Open Call’ pathway it is 3 June 2019.

If you are thinking of making an application to Being Human you might find it useful to refer to our case studies of previous best practice events and take a look through our past programmes.

We also have an FAQ’s page if you would like to know more about the festival and the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your question here please contact the team at

A PDF version of our festival Terms and Conditions is available here: Terms and Conditions 2019.