British academy

What is the British Academy?

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.

A Fellowship

We are an independent Fellowship of around 1,300 world-renowned scholars in the humanities and social sciences elected for outstanding research.

A Voice

We are a voice for the humanities and social sciences, championing research and stimulating debate through policy reports and academic publications, lectures, conferences, and public events.

A Funding Body

We fund research in fields from archaeology to economics, from psychology to history, and from literature to law – producing knowledge, insights and ideas that help to address the great challenges of our time.