Academy of Social Sciences: Call for SPA Nominations for New Fellows

Deadline for names to SPA: Tuesday 1st  November at 17.00.

The SPA is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS). In recent years we have successfully nominated a number of SPA members to become Fellows of the Academy. This is a mark of distinction and denotes an outstanding contribution to the study and/or practice of social policy. The SPA can make up to 10 nominations per year.  We have now been invited to submit nominations for the next round of selection of new Fellows.

The key criteria are that Fellows should be: ‘leading figures’ in their field who have already ‘left a clear mark on it’ which ‘has furthered social science’.  Fellows do not need to be in academic roles but please read the details on the AcSS website for further information on the criteria for ‘Suitable Nominees’: (see p.4/5) before proposing someone. The Academy recommends against ‘premature’ applications and ‘prefers nominations to be delayed until the nominee has a firmly established reputation’.

The SPA particularly welcomes nominations of members traditionally under-represented in Social Policy.

Please note that self-nominations are not possible at any stage in the process, to either the SPA or AcSS though proposers should ensure that nominees are happy to be proposed.

At this stage, what the SPA requires from proposers is:

  • contact details for Nominee
  • short CV of Nominee (no more than 4 pages)
  • brief outline of case (no more than 2 pages outlining academic

excellence and contribution to social science)

  • your name(s) and contact details as the Proposer(s).

All proposed SPA nominees will be considered by the SPA Executive. For those supported, a full application (in AcSS format) will then be finalised in discussion with the proposer(s).

Deadline for names to SPA: Tuesday 1st November at 5pm. Please send to Ann Marie Gray as Chair of the Social Policy Association ( and please do contact Anne Marie if you have any questions.