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ESRC Festival of Social Science

Queen’s University welcomes applications for events, to take place during the month of November 2021. 

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 online debates, lectures, seminars, screenings, exhibitions and much more! Events can be live or pre-recorded. 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. However, this year's Festival coincides with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). As such, we also welcome applications that are based around environment themes, including non-climate-change topics (eg relationship between wellbeing and green spaces); inspiring climate action (eg. what can be done to improve our environment and reduce climate change); and individual or local changes that can make a difference with respect to climate change, or relatable stories about individuals and climate change from around the world.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £750 for their event. Given the ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, we are envisaging events will be virtual this year. However, if you need to explore the option of a physical event, please contact the team to discuss but this will be determined by Queen's policies as regards on-campus activity. 

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


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 (November 2021)
  • 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
  • If you have other costs, please contact Kevin or Lynne 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.