Being Human 2019 Call for Applications Now Open

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries shares an opportunity for University of Portsmouth academics. The Being Human applications for 2019 are now open, this is an opportunity to demonstrate research in the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.

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.

The festival will run 14-23 November 2019. This year the festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities – the possibilities are endless. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences.

There are three main pathways to getting involved:

1. ‘Small Awards’: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.
2. ‘Hub Awards’: apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)
3. ‘Open Call’: organise an activity that does not require funding.

Further details are available on their website.

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 their case studies of previous best practice events and take a look through their past programmes.

They 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

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