The award is made in partnership with The Leverhulme Trust. The first award was in 2002, to mark the Academy's Centenary.
Eligible nominations must be for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding alternately in the humanities or social sciences. In 2018 eligible nominations must be for significant contribution to the social sciences.
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.
Nominating body: Humanities Group or Social Sciences Group, in rotation.
2015 Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge
2012 Dame Marilyn Strathern FBA, University of Cambridge
2009 Dr Sebastian Brock FBA, Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
2005 Sir Tony Wrigley, FBA, formerly Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Past President of the British Academy
2002 Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich FBA and Professor Sir Raymond Firth FBA