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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 

The deadlines have now passed to apply to take part in the 2022 festival via our Hub Award, Small Award and Open Call pathways. However, if you have an idea for a high-quality event or activity that you would like to include in the festival programme and that does not require financial support from us, please get in touch with us via email to discuss it: beinghuman@sas.ac.uk. Please note, however, that consideration of late applications is entirely at the discretion of the festival team, and there is no guarantee that late submissions will be considered.

You can also still take part in the 2022 festival by applying to hold a Being Human Café. The deadline for café applications is Friday 26 August. Scroll down this page for more information.

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

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

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.

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