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Awards of the British Academy

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The British Academy presents 18 awards and medals to recognise achievement in the humanities and social sciences.


The British Academy currently awards 18 prizes and medals:[1]

General awards:

Discipline-specific awards:

Prizes and medals

Brian Barry Prize in Political Science

The Brian Barry Prize in Political Science is awarded jointly by the British Academy, the Cambridge University Press, and the British Journal of Political Science. It was named in honour of Brian Barry and first awarded in 2014. It is awarded annually to an individual or group "for excellence in political science, as displayed in an unpublished essay". The prize is £2500 and the winning essay is published in the British Journal of Political Science.[2][3]

List of Recipients:

  • 2014: Helder De Schutter and Dr Lea Ypi, for 'Mandatory Citizenship for Immigrants'[4]
  • 2015: Parashar Kulkarni, for 'Are There Cultural Prerequisites to Effective Property Rights?: Evidence from Inheritance Rights of Widows in Colonial India'[5]
  • 2016: William Roberts Clark, Professor Matt Golder, and Professor Sona N. Golder, for 'An Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Model of Politics'[6]
  • 2017: Jonathan White, for 'The Ethics of Political Alliance'[7]
  • 2018: Zeynep Pamuk, of St John's College, Oxford, for 'Justifying Public Funding for Science.[8]
  • 2019: Andre Santos Campos, for 'Representing the Future: The Interests of Future Persons in Representative Democracy'[9]
  • 2020: Jonathan Havercroft, for 'Why is there no just riot theory?'[9]

British Academy Medal

The British Academy Medal was established in 2013. It is awarded annually "for academic research that has transformed understanding in a field of the humanities and social sciences".[10]

Burkitt Medal

The Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies was established in 1923. It is awarded annually "in recognition of special service to Biblical Studies", with the area of study alternating between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.[11]

Derek Allen Prize

The Derek Allen Prize was founded in 1976 to honour Derek Allen, FBA, who was secretary (1969–73) and treasurer (1973–75) of the British Academy; it was established by his widow and sons to recognise outstanding scholarly achievement in Allen's principal interests: numismatics, Celtic studies and musicology. Although awarded annually, the prize rotates between the three disciplines. Recipients are awarded £400.[12]

Edward Ullendorff Medal

The Edward Ullendorff Medal was created in 2012 to honour Professor Edward Ullendorff, FBA, who had died the previously year; its establishment was supported by his widow. Award annually, the medal recognizes "scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies".[13]

List of recipients:[13]

  • 2012: Simon Hopkins, FBA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • 2013: Getatchew Haile, FBA, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library of Saint John's University, USA.
  • 2014: David Appleyard, School of African and Oriental Studies.
  • 2015: Siegbert Uhlig, University of Hamburg.
  • 2016: Sebastian Brock, FBA, University of Oxford.
  • 2017: Veronika Six, University of Hamburg.
  • 2018: John Huehnergard, The University of Texas at Austin[8]
  • 2019: Michael Knibb, King's College London
  • 2020: Otto Jastrow, "for his leading scholarship in the field of Arabic and Neo-Aramaic spoken dialects"[14]

Grahame Clark Medal

The Grahame Clark Medal endowed in 1992 by Sir Grahame Clark and first awarded in 1993. It is awarded every two years "for academic achievement involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology".[15]

Kenyon Medal

The Kenyon Medal was endowed by Sir Frederic Kenyon and awarded for the first time in 1957. It is awarded every two years "in recognition of work in the fields of classical studies and archaeology".[16]

Landscape Archaeology Medal

The Landscape Archaeology Medal is awarded every two years "for distinguished achievements in landscape archaeology". It was first awarded in 2007.[17]

List of Recipients:

  • 2007: Andrew Fleming
  • 2009: Tony Wilkinson
  • 2011: Conor Newman
  • 2013: Christopher Taylor
  • 2015: David Hall
  • 2017: Tom Williamson, "for his significant contribution to the study of landscape history and archaeology"[7]
  • 2019: Dominic Powlesland
  • 2020: Keith Branigan, "for his distinguished and varied career with many notable achievements in the study of Roman Britain and the prehistory of the Aegean"[18]

Leverhulme Medal and Prize

The Leverhulme Medal and Prize was created 2002 and is sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust. It is awarded every three years "for significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field within the humanities and social sciences". It is worth £5000.[19]

The British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding

The British Academy Book Prize (formerly the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding) was established by Nayef Al-Rodhan in 2013. It is awarded annually for "outstanding scholarly contributions to global cultural understanding". It is worth £25,000.[20]

List of Recipients:

  • Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding
    • 2013: Karen Armstrong, "in recognition of her body of work that has made a significant contribution to understanding the elements of overlap and commonality in different cultures and religions"[21]
    • 2014: Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State, South Africa, for his book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (2009)[22]
    • 2015: Neil MacGregor, British Museum, for his books A History of the World in 100 Objects (2010) and Germany: Memories Of A Nation (2014)[23]
    • 2016: Carole Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh, for her book Islam: A New Historical Introduction (2015).[24]
  • Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding

Neil and Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics

The Neil and Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics is awarded annually to an individual for "lifetime achievement in the scholarly study of linguistics". It was established by Neil Smith in 2013, and first awarded in 2014.[29]

List of Recipients:

  • 2014: Noam Chomsky FBA [30]
  • 2015: William Labov, "for his significant contribution to linguistics and the language sciences"[31]
  • 2016: Sir John Lyons FBA, "for his outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of linguistics"[6]
  • 2017: Bernard Comrie FBA, "for his significant contributions to the study of language universals, linguistic typology and language history"[7]
  • 2018: Barbara Hall Partee FBA (University of Massachusetts Amherst), for "her leading contributions to the study of semantics, syntax and pragmatics".[8]
  • 2019: Deirdre Wilson FBA (University College London) [29]
  • 2020: Paul Kiparsky FBA (Stanford University), for "his research on phonology and historical linguistics".[29]

Peter Townsend Prize

The Peter Townsend Prize was created in 2011 to honour the sociologist Professor Peter Townsend, FBA, who had died in 2009. The prize is awarded biennially to recognise "outstanding work with policy relevance on a topic to which Townsend made a major contribution." Nominations are made for "a published work with policy relevance and academic merit on poverty and inequality; ageing and the lives of older people; disability and inequalities in health." The prize is awarded with £2,000.[32]

List of recipients:[32]

  • 2011: Julia Johnson, Sheena Rolph and Randall Smith for Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting 'The Last Refuge'
  • 2013: Tracy Shildrick, Professor Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster and Kayleigh Garthwaite for Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain
  • 2015: Andrew Sayer for Why We Can't Afford the Rich
  • 2017: Kayleigh Garthwaite for Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain
  • 2019: Steven King for Writing the Lives of the English Poor 1750s-1830s[33]

President's Medal

The President's Medal is awarded annually by the British Academy to up to five individuals or organisations for "outstanding service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences". It was first award in 2010.[34]

Rose Mary Crawshay Prize

The Rose Mary Crawshay Prize was created in 1888 as The Byron, Shelley, Keats In Memoriam Yearly Prize Fund by Rose Mary Crawshay (1828–1907). In 1914, the fund was transferred to the British Academy. The newly renamed Rose Mary Crawshay Prize was first awarded in 1916.[35] It is awarded annually "for a historical or critical work on any subject connected with English Literature by a woman of any nationality" and is worth £500.[6]

Serena Medal

The Serena Medal was established in 1920 and is awarded annually for "eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, philosophy or music, literature, art, or economics."[36]

List of recipients:[36][37]

Sir Israel Gollancz Prize

The Sir Israel Gollancz Prize was created in 1924 as the Biennial Prize for English Literature. The name was changed to honour Israel Gollancz after his death in 1930. It is "awarded biennially for work connected with Anglo-Saxon, Early English Language and Literature, English Philology, or the History of English Language". It is worth £400.[39]

Wiley Prize in Economics

The Wiley Prize in Economics was established in 2013 and is sponsored by the publisher Wiley; awarded annually, it recognises "achievement in research by an outstanding early career economist." The recipient is awarded £5,000.[40]

List of recipients

  • 2013: Philipp Kircher, University of Edinburgh
  • 2014: Vasco Carvalho, University of Cambridge
  • 2015: Johannes Spinnewijn, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2016: James Fenske, University of Warwick
  • 2017: Matthew Elliott, University of Cambridge
  • 2018: Mirko Draca, University of Warwick[8]

Wiley Prize in Psychology

The Wiley Prize in Psychology was established in 2009 and is made in partnership with the publisher Wiley; awarded annually, it recognises "lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar and promising early-career work by a UK-based psychologist, within 5 years of receipt of their doctorate." The award is given out to the former in odd years and the latter in even years. The recipient is awarded £5,000.[40]

List of recipients

  • 2009: Martin Seligman, Albert A Fox Leadership Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University's Positive Psychology Center
  • 2010: Essi Viding, Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, University College, London
  • 2011: Michael Tomasello, Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center, Leipzig
  • 2012: Yulia Kovas, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2013: Anne Treisman, FBA FRS, Princeton University
  • 2014: Richard Cook, City University London
  • 2015: Peter Fonagy, FBA, University College London
  • 2016: Stephen Fleming, University College London
  • 2017: Stanislas Dehaene, FBA, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit
  • 2018: Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Birkbeck, University of London; University of Cambridge[8]

See also


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  2. ^ "Brian Barry Prize in Political Science". British Academy. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ "A New Prize In Political Science: The Brian Barry Prize" (pdf). University of Essex. Cambridge Journals. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ De Schutter, Helder; Ypi, Lea (2015). "The British Academy Brian Barry Prize Essay: mandatory citizenship for immigrants". British Journal of Political Science. 45 (2): 235–251. doi:10.1017/s0007123414000568. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Prizes and Medals ceremony 2015". British Academy. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "British Academy announces 2016 prizes and medal winners". British Academy. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Prize and medal winners 2017". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Award-winning journalists, prehistorians and world-leading economists honoured with prestigious British Academy prizes and medals", The British Academy, 20 August 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Brian Barry Prize in Political Science". The British Academy. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  10. ^ "British Academy launches medal for landmark research". British Academy. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies". British Academy. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Derek Allen Prize", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Edward Ullendorff Medal", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Edward Ullendorff Medal". The British Academy. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Grahame Clark Medal". The British Academy. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Kenyon Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Landscape Archaeology Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Landscape Archaeology Medal". The British Academy. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Leverhulme Medal & Prize". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  20. ^ "British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding". British Academy. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Celebrated British author Karen Armstrong wins inaugural prize for her contribution to global interfaith understanding". British Academy. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Professor Jonathan D Jansen awarded 2014 Nayef Al-Rodan Prize for Transcultural Understanding". British Academy. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding Awarded to Neil MacGregor". British Academy. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  24. ^ "2016 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding awarded to Professor Carole Hillenbrand". British Academy. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Professor Timothy Garton Ash scoops prestigious Al-Rodhan book prize". 31 October 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Kapka Kassabova Named 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize Winner". 3 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  27. ^ "'A Fistful of Shells' wins 2019 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize". Books+Publishing. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  28. ^ "'Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands' wins Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize". Books+Publishing. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  29. ^ a b c "Neil & Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics". British Academy. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  30. ^ "British Academy announces 2014 prize and medal winners". British Academy. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  31. ^ "William Labov receives the Neil and Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics from the British Academy". Department of Linguistics. University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  32. ^ a b "Peter Townsend Prize", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Peter Townsend Prize". The British Academy. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  34. ^ "The British Academy President's Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Rose Mary Crawshay Prize". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  36. ^ a b "Serena Medal", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  37. ^ "Winners of the Serena Medal", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
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  39. ^ "Sir Israel Gollancz Prize". British Academy. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  40. ^ a b "Wiley Prize in Psychology", British Academy. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
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