The British Academy

United Kingdom

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.

We have three principal roles: as an independent Fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a Funding Body that supports new research, nationally and internationally; and a Forum for debate and engagement - a voice that champions the humanities and social sciences.


Why are the humanities and social sciences important?

Concerned with such essential issues as the education of our children and our workforce, trends in our population, the management of our economy, our relationships with other peoples and nations, and the implications of our new technologies, the disciplines we support help to shape Britain and the world.


About the Fellowship

The British Academy is a fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication. Others based overseas can also be elected as Corresponding Fellows, and, in addition, the Academy can elect Honorary Fellows.


Funding opportunities

Select a scheme name in the table below for more information on our current funding opportunities. Or click here for general information about the variety of grants and fellowships the Academy offers to support academic research, career development and wider engagement across the humanities and social sciences.


About our policy work

The humanities and social sciences have a rich and unique contribution to make to the world we live in. The British Academy’s Fellowship represents breadth and excellence of expertise across these disciplines, and the Academy’s policy work is dedicated to applying that insight to policy issues for public benefit and societal wellbeing. Bringing independence, authority and objectivity to complex issues, the Academy’s work enlightens the context, meaning and practicalities of policy challenges. Our work spans issues across public policy, skills, education and research. From reports to small meetings, the British Academy provides a forum for examining issues at the heart of society and the economy.

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