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ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science – call for applications now open!

May 08, 2018

ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science
ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science


The University of Salford will again partner with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University on the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science in 2018. 

The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year we 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.

The call for applications to host events is now open. The Festival will run from 3-10 November 2018 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 Salford 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. We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students. 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 2017 events at

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via the University of Salford. The application deadline is 4pm on Thursday 31st May. An application form and guidance notes can be found on the intranet at:

Please address any queries to Emma Sutton, Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator (