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Queen’s University welcomes applications for events to take place from 30 October - 12 November 2023.

Deadline is 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 July 2023

The UK-wide Festival aims to open up social science research to new audiences by showing how this research has an influence on our everyday lives.

Events can take a variety of formats including debates, walking tours, screenings, lectures, seminars, exhibitions and much more! Events can be live, pre-recorded or hybrid. Events based on new research and involving Early Career Researchers are particularly welcome.

We welcome applications that are based on research that relate to ESRC's disciplines of social science and the theme for this year's Festival is Lifelong Wellbeing (please note that proposals aren’t limited to fitting the festival theme).

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £750 for their event. 

To apply, simply complete the online form. For further information see the submission guidelines below, or contact Joan or Kevin at

Please also refer to the Festival Event Leader Pack for guidance.


Submission Guidelines 

All event proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • be aimed at a non-academic audience
  • be held during the ESRC Festival of Social Science
  • fit with the aims and objectives of the Festival as above
  • feature social science (with involvement of a social scientist)
  • be free to attend.


What costs are eligible?

You can apply for a maximum of £750 to contribute to the cost of running your event. Eligible costs include:

  • Materials and material production (e.g. filming, editing, animation, design etc.)
  • Platform costs
  • Venue hire 
  • If considering refreshments, please speak to the team frst
  • If you have other costs, please contact Kevin or Alice on to discuss.

What costs are not eligible?

  • Costs for speakers’ fees
  • Payments to staff
  • Payments or prizes to attendees 

Can I apply to run an event with a collaborator/partner?
Yes. You should include details of any committed collaborators/partners in your application.


I am not an ESRC-funded researcher, can I still apply for funding?
Yes. Previous ESRC funding is not required. Your event will need to include social science research and at least one social science researcher.