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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. 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.

Useful information

If you're thinking about applying to take part in the festival in the future, you might wish to look through our case studies, our planning toolkits and our FAQs.

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