The British Academy
is the United Kingdom
's national academy
for the humanities
and the social sciences
. It was established by Royal Charter
, and is a fellowship of about 750 scholars. The Academy is self-governing and independent.
Election as a Fellow of the British Academy recognises high scholarly distinction in some branch of the humanities or social sciences, evidenced by published work. Fellows may use the letters FBA after their names.
The Academy states its objectives as follows:
- to represent the interests of scholarship nationally and internationally;
- to give recognition to excellence;
- to promote and support advanced research;
- to further international collaboration and exchange;
- to promote public understanding of research and scholarship; and
- to publish the results of research.
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