SAS Public Engagement Fund Overview

The SAS Public Engagement Fund offers small grants of up to £2,000 to facilitate public engagement with research activities within the School of Advanced Study (SAS), and with collections and archives in the Senate House Library (SHL). The scheme is intended to offer opportunities for researchers at SAS and SHL to engage with non-academic audiences in developing and demonstrating their research.

The scheme is open to research students (at PhD level and above), and research members of staff at SAS (and its libraries) and SHL, including fellows, research librarians and curators.

Funded projects can take place throughout the year. However, applicants are encouraged to consider timing their initiatives to coincide with the Bloomsbury Festival (14–23 October 2022) or the Being Human festival of the humanities (10–19 November 2022).

Please note: if you wish to take part in the Being Human festival without applying for funding, please apply via the festival's Open Call pathway (deadline 5pm, Friday 24 June).

Apply to the 2022 Fund

Please find further details about the fund, eligibility and what we're looking for in the 'Call for applications' document below.

Call for applications [PDF]
Terms and conditions [PDF]
Application form [Word]
Activities grid [Word]

Please email your completed application form, activities grid (if applicable) and letters of support (if applicable) to engage@sas.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 6 May.


Advice and Resources

You can find out more about what we're looking for in SAS PE Fund applications by listening to the recording of the March 2022 Public Engagement Forum below. SAS Public Engagement manager Mark Johnson delivers a short presentation with more information about the fund, and Professor Catherine Clarke tells reflects on her  'Future Map/ Future History' project which was funded by the SAS PE Fund in 2021.

If you have questions about any aspect of the scheme, please contact: engage@sas.ac.uk. Further advice and resources on various aspects of public engagement with research activity are available in our series of toolkits and case studies.

Some examples of the types of activities that we support are featured in this short film from the 2021 Being Human festival: