The Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities


The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities is given to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of the humanities.

The award includes a cash prize and a medal named for Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jaffe, whose gift of $25,000 enabled the Society to create the award in 1970. Mr. Jaffe was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College. Award recipients are honored at the Triennial Council Meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Nomination Process

For full consideration, please include:

  • A letter detailing your recommendation of the candidate for this award
  • A copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae 
  • Your contact information as the nominator 

Nominations for this award are accepted every three years. There will be a call for nominations a year and a half prior to each Triennial Council in the Key Reporter, the General Newsletter and social media.

Nomination Form

Past Award Recipients

2021 DSHA Recipient

Annette Gordon-Reed

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