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To mark its tenth anniversary in 2015, the AHRC is looking to extend its partnership with Cheltenham Festivals by inviting applications from researchers to present their research at one of a series of four engaging public events at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival and the Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2015. One event will run at the Science Festival, and three at the Literature Festival.

Cheltenham Festivals is the charitable organisation behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four festivals have provided a platform for debate and commentary from writers, performers, scientists, musicians and scholars across the world.

Up to twenty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their event ideas with experienced Cheltenham Festival producers and members of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement team at a dedicated workshop. Of these, up to four will have the chance to hold their event at one of the Festivals.

A workshop held on 23rd February 2015 will focus on the Science and Literature festivals. The selected researchers will benefit from a unique opportunity to work closely with the Cheltenham Festival producers to create interactive and engaging events, invite high profile speakers, where relevant, and ultimately share their research with a public audience.

We welcome applications from individual researchers or project teams with one lead applicant, working in all areas of the arts and humanities. The topics of the proposed events should fall within one of the disciplines within the AHRC’s remit.

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival will be held from 2 June to 7 June 2015. The Science Festival is a celebration of science, engineering, technology and maths, promoting dialogue about the latest ideas and cutting edge research. It has become recognised as one of the most important platforms for science communication and engagement with the public, and includes a thriving schools programme and weekend activities for all the family. With hands-on interactive experiences and lively events, it showcases science from Britain and around the globe in a unique festival format.

Past AHRC events at the festival have focussed on what science and the arts and humanities can learn from each other. Descriptions of these events can be found on the AHRC website (opens in a new window). The remit of this year’s science festival is very broad, and applications are invited on all relevant topics from researchers across the arts and humanities.

A copy of the call document is available to download here: Cheltenham Festival call document 2015

The deadline for applications is Monday 9th February 2015 (23.59pm).

Please visit the AHRC website to find out more about the application procedure 

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