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Get involved

Find out more about how to apply to take part in Being Human festival 2022. 

Get involved

Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities. The 2022 festival will take place 10–19 November, with the theme ‘Breakthroughs’. You can read more about the theme here.

Each year, we invite humanities researchers and other staff from universities, independent research organisations and cultural organisations to apply to take part in the festival by organising an event, activity or project. There are four ways to take part:

  • Hub Award – apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000–£5,000 to coordinate multiple activities
  • Small Award – apply for funding of up to £2,000
  • Open Call – organise an activity that does not require funding from us
  • Being Human Café – a simple 'off-the-shelf' format 

Interested? Please read the 'Application Guidelines' document available below for important information about the festival and for further details about the different festival pathways. Once you've read through the guidelines, please find the relevant 'Further Information' document and application forms for each pathway further down this page.

Application documents

Application Guidelines PDF 983.25 KB
Terms and Conditions PDF 301.55 KB
About the theme - 'Breakthroughs' PDF 284.35 KB
FAQs PDF 2.02 MB

Useful information

Before putting together your application, please ensure you refer to the relevant 'Further Information' document, our case studies, our planning toolkits and our FAQs.

You can find out more about applying to the festival by watching the recording of our ‘Applying to Being Human 2022’ webinar that took place on the 16 March.

Apply for funding

We offer two types of grants, Hub Awards and Small Awards, to enable events and activities to take place as part of the festival. The 'Further Information' documents below contain full details about each pathway.

Our Hub Awards offer large institutional grants of £2,000–£5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub. Please note: Hub programmes should be made up of approximately 6–10 separate events or activities, in a range of formats.

Our Small Awards offer grants of up to £2,000 to enable public engagement activities as part of the festival. 

The deadline to apply for funding to take part in Being Human 2022 has now passed. You can still apply to take part via the Open Call and Being Human Café pathways. Find out more below.

Open Call

Through our Open Call, you can organise an activity that does not require funding from us. The 'Further Information' document below contains full details about this pathway.

Email your completed Open Call application form, activities grid (if applicable) and letter(s) of support (if applicable) to apply.beinghuman@sas.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 24 June 2022

Open Call - Further Information PDF 1.08 MB
Open Call - Application Form DOCX 52.38 KB
Activities Grid DOCX 25.18 KB

Being Human Cafés

A Being Human Café is a simple, off-the-shelf activity that does not require funding from us. The 'Further Information' document and 'Toolkit' below contain full details about this pathway.

Email your completed Being Human Café application form and letter(s) of support (if applicable) to apply.beinghuman@sas.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 26 August 2022

Being Human Café Toolkit PDF 2.35 MB
Being Human Cafés - Further Information PDF 696.72 KB
Being Human Cafés - Application Form DOCX 50.83 KB

Contact us

As a team we are here to help organisers and researchers develop their festival activities. Please contact us if you have any questions about taking part.

Email the Being Human team