The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its charitable purpose is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for public benefit. The Academy is composed of approximately 1400 individual Fellows, 47 Member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates. Together, this body of organisations is a community of some 90,000 social scientists. Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors. The Campaign for Social Science is an integral part of the Academy.


We engage in a range of activities, including events, to raise the profile of the social sciences and their substantive contributions to decision-making, society and lives. Much of this work is through the Campaign for Social Science which is the outward-facing voice of the Academy.  We advocate for the social sciences, seeking to influence policy and funding in higher education and other relevant areas; publishing reports, statements and briefings in support and responding to consultations. We publish a scholarly journal. We increasingly bring our networks and convening power to bear and work in partnership with learned society members, sister bodies and Campaign supporters. Our focus is multidisciplinary and encompasses the breadth of social sciences, both theoretical and applied, and associated methodologies, analytical skills and data frameworks.


What does the award of ‘Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences’ mean?

Being a Fellow means that a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of one’s work and found it worthy of the award of Fellow. Typically, the award would not be conferred until the person being nominated is in at least mid career, with significant achievements to their name, and they must have contributed to social science more broadly than the normal demands of their job. This contribution can be, for example,  in the areas of thought leadership, practical application or policy development. This recognition is valued by holders of the award and has often been found to be helpful in supporting applications for new roles, internal promotion and wider standing.

Fellows are entitled to use the post nominal letters ‘FAcSS‘. They receive the Academy’s journal, Contemporary Social Science, and the monthly eBulletin covering news, events, and policy. They’re also able to participate in a range of events and there are opportunities to support the work of the Academy and its Campaign

More information on making nominations and membership