The award commemorates Derek Fortrose Allen (1910–1975), elected a Fellow in 1963, who served from 1969 to 1973 as Secretary of the Academy, and from then until his death as Treasurer. It was founded in 1976 by his widow, Mrs Winifred Allen, and her sons to provide an award in one of three academic fields in which Mr Allen had particular interest. The Prize was first awarded in 1977.
In 2018 eligible nominations can be for any scholar of any nationality working in Celtic studies.
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nomination forms are available from the Fellows area of the British Academy website.
2017 (numismatics) Professor Michael Crawford FBA, University College London
2016 (musicology) Dr Margaret Bent CBE FBA, University of Oxford
2015 (Celtic studies) Professor Pierre-Yves Lambert, Centre national de la recherche scientifique
2014 (numismatics) Dr Richard Reece, University College London
2013 (musicology) Professor Arnold Whittall, King's College London
2012 (Celtic studies) Professor Fergus Kelly, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
2011 (numismatics) Dr Mark Blackburn, Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
2010 (musicology) Professor Gary Tomlinson, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
2009 (Celtic studies) Yr Athro Dafydd Jenkins, Emeritus Professor of Legal History and Welsh Law, University of Aberystwyth
2008 (numismatics) Professor Michael Metcalf, Emeritus Professor of Numismatics, University of Oxford
2007 (musicology) Professor Philip V. Bohlman
2006 (Celtic studies) Mr Daniel Huws
2005 (numismatics) Professor Philip Grierson, FBA
2004 (musicology) Professor Colin Timms
2003 (Celtic studies) Professor Pádraig Ó Riain
2002 (numismatics) Professor Dr Gert Hatz
2001 (musicology) Dr Janice Stockigt
2000 (Celtic studies) Professor Derick Thomson, FBA