British academy

Prizes and Medals

Prizes and medals are an important means of recognising and celebrating achievement. Each year the British Academy awards a range of prizes and medals on the recommendation of specialist committees. Presentations are made at a special award ceremony each autumn.

List of the 2015 British Academy Prizes and Medals winners


  • Al Rodhan Prize awarded annually for outstanding scholarly contribution to transcultural understanding
  • Brian Barry Prize awarded in partnership with Cambridge University Press and British Journal of Political Science for excellence in political science, as displayed in an unpublished essay
  • British Academy Medal recognises outstanding achievement in any branch of the humanities and social sciences
  • Burkitt Medal awarded annually in recognition of special service to Biblical Studies
  • Derek Allen Prize recognises outstanding work by a scholar in musicology, numismatics, and Celtic studies, in rotation
  • Edward Ullendorff Medal for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies
  • Grahame Clark Medal in reognition of recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology 
  • John Coles Medal for distinguished achievements in landscape archaeology
  • Kenyon Medal in recognition of work in the field of classical studies and archaeology
  • Leverhulme Medal and Prize is awarded every three years for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field within the humanities and social sciences
  • Neil & Saras Smith Medal for lifetime achievement in the scholarly study of linguistics
  • Peter Townsend Prize for outstanding work with policy relevance in the areas of poverty and inequality
  • President's Medal  to recognise signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences
  • Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for work by a woman in the field of English Literature
  • Serena Medal awarded for services to the study of Italian history, literature, art, eocnomics, music or philosophy
  • Sir Israel Gollancz Prize for work connected with Anglo-Saxon, Early English Language and Literature, English Philology, or the History of English Language. 
  • Wiley Prize in Economics for achievement in research by an outstanding early career economist
  • Wiley Prize in Psychology for lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar (in odd years), and promising early-career work by a UK-based psychologist (in even years)