Each year, the British Academy elects to its fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. Others based overseas can also be elected as Corresponding Fellows, and, in addition, the Academy can elect Honorary Fellows.
This is the major category of fellowship at the Academy. Fellows are scholars who have 'attained distinction in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote' – i.e. the humanities and the social sciences. Election is a mark of distinction, as only a very small number of scholars in any field are elected. Scholars must be habitually resident in the UK at the time of election.
Up to fifty-two elections are made in each year to the fellowship. There are now over 1,000 Fellows.
Corresponding Fellows are scholars outside the UK who have 'attained high international standing in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote'. Some familarity with research in the UK is valuable, in order to facilitate a contribution to the work of the Academy, e.g. through assessments of candidates for election.
Up to twenty elections are made in each year to the Corresponding Fellowship. There are now over 300 Corresponding Fellows.
Honorary Fellows are expected to have 'contributed signally to the promotion of the purposes for which the Academy was founded', either as persons of academic distinction in other fields whose work has a bearing on the humanities or social sciences; or as leading figures or philanthropists who have themselves done distinguished work in the Academy's fields of interest or promoted or advanced the causes for which the Academy was founded.
Up to four Honorary Fellows may be elected in any one year. There are currently 31 Honorary Fellows.
On election, all Fellows are assigned to one of 18 broad disciplinary Sections spanning the humanities and social sciences. Fellows may also become members of an additional Section, according to the range of their scholarly expertise.
The Sections are further subdivided into two groups, for the humanities and social sciences. These groups were established mainly for electoral purposes, but also to conduct other business falling within their disciplinary coverage.
In addition there are three ‘Ginger Groups’, set up to strengthen scrutiny of scholars in the fields of: Management and Business Studies; Culture, Media and Performance; and Education.
Below you can find a list of all the Sections. Please click on the relevant link to see a list of all Fellows in that Section.
Culture, Media and Performance (CMP) Ginger Group (Chair: Professor Georgina Born)
Social Science Sections
Management and Business Studies (MBS) Ginger Group (Chair: Professor Colin Mayer)
Education Ginger Group (Acting Chair: Professor Stephen Ball)