The Phi Beta Kappa Society offers a variety of programs that support our mission to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to foster freedom of thought, and to recognize academic excellence.


The National Arts & Sciences Initiative

Phi Beta Kappa launched the National Arts & Sciences Initiative to strengthen support for the value of the arts and sciences today. By convening awareness-raising events, such as the Cities of Distinction Series, across the country and conducting a national member engagement campaign, the Initiative demonstrates that a well-rounded arts and sciences education expands opportunity, drives ingenuity and innovation, and makes a strong investment in the nation. The National Arts & Sciences Initiative has developed an Arts & Sciences Are Key Toolkit designed to encourage member action on behalf of the arts and sciences. The Initiative also coordinates with leading higher education associations to amplify the impact of the work of Phi Beta Kappa.


Visiting Scholar Program

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars travel to more than 100 colleges and universities each year, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public. Over the last 60 years, over 600 Visiting Scholars have made more than 5,300 visits to Phi Beta Kappa sheltering institutions.


Awards and Fellowships

Phi Beta Kappa presents awards and fellowships annually. These awards recognize exceptional authors, scholars, graduate students, and professors in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy, French language or literature, and Greek language, literature or history. Phi Beta Kappa also gives two major awards at the Triennial council for lifetime achievement in support of the liberal arts and sciences.


Key Connections

Key Connections is a national program designed to connect recent graduates and young professional members with networking and career opportunities across the country. Through a series of annual events hosted by our 50 alumni associations, members build connections and engage with their local communities.


Free Expression

The liberal arts and sciences require the ability to inquire deeply and to express oneself freely. Phi Beta Kappa began as a secret society to provide students with the freedom to discuss and debate any topic they chose. Ever since then, freedom of inquiry and expression have been hallmarks of ΦBK. Today, Phi Beta Kappa champions freedom of inquiry and expression through successful programs around the country, thought leadership on this issue, and advocacy for policies that advance a balanced understanding of free expression on campuses and throughout our society.


Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Associations

Phi Beta Kappa supports a network of nearly 50 alumni associations across the country, including vibrant organizations in major metropolitan areas. Associations cultivate lifelong learning through cultural, educational, and networking events. Many associations are active in their communities, supporting scholarship programs and partnering with local charitable organizations.