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Call for applications to host ESRC events

(6 April 2017)

The University of Manchester will again partner with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University for the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science in 2017. 

The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year The University of Manchester hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more. 

Almost 3,000 people attended 40 events and the Festival gathered national media attention, reaching an estimated three million people through features in The Guardian and The Sun. This year, organisers are aiming to improve the quality and reach of the Festival, drawing in new audiences and partners from across the city.

The call for applications to host events is now open. The Festival will run from 4-11 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events. The Manchester Festival will provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research contributes to social, economic and political life across the city, region and beyond. 

Any researcher can apply to hold their event, new or existing, under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from The University of Manchester to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must include social science and should attempt to engage with groups outside of academia including young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers. 

Applications for interdisciplinary events, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are strongly encouraged. Applications from early career researchers, including PhD students, are particularly welcomed. PhD student applicants must name, as a co-applicant on the application form, a member of staff who has agreed to provide advice and assistance where necessary and to take formal responsibility for the event (including managing the finances, any health and safety requirements, etc). The co-applicant may, but need not, be your supervisor. 

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2016 events at

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via The University of Manchester. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday, 5 May 2017. An application form and guidance notes can also be found here.   

  • Please address any queries to Carly Chadwick, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer.