Fellow of the British Academy

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Fellow of the British Academy
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No. of fellows1,485 (as of 2020)
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Fellowship of the British Academy (post-nominal letters FBA) is an award granted by the British Academy to leading academics for their distinction [1] in the humanities and social sciences. [2] The categories are: [3]

  1. Fellows – scholars resident in the United Kingdom
  2. Corresponding Fellows – scholars resident overseas
  3. Honorary Fellows – an honorary academic title (whereby the post-nominal letters "Hon FBA" are used)
  4. Deceased Fellows – Past Fellows of the British Academy

The award of fellowship is based on published work and fellows may use the post-nominal letters FBA. Examples of Fellows are Edward Rand; Mary Beard; Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford; Michael Lobban; M. R. James; Friedrich Hayek; John Maynard Keynes; and Rowan Williams.

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  1. "The British Academy Welcomes New Fellows for 2015". Cambridge, England: University of Cambridge. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  2. "Fellows". London: British Academy. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  3. "How Our Fellowship Is Organised". London: British Academy. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.