The Fellowship of the Academy comprises 591 distinguished individuals elected by their peers in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship in fields including archaeology, art, Asian and European studies, classical and modern literature, cultural and communication studies, languages and linguistics, philosophy, musicology, history and religion.
There are four categories of Fellow: Fellows, Corresponding Fellows, Emeritus Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The approved abbreviation for all Fellows is FAHA.
Honorary Fellows are distinguished public figures who advocate for the humanities, practitioners of the arts, overseas scholars in the humanities who have a close association with Australia, or Australian-based scholars who have made substantial contributions to the humanities throughout their careers.
Fellows are elected to the Academy through a rigorous peer nomination process. Fellows of the Academy may nominate candidates for election each year, and after a lengthy referral and assessment process, the eleven disciplinary sections
vote by secret ballot on the proposed candidates. Council then meets to consider the list of candidates to be included on the final ballot, and voting is undertaken by the Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting each November. Successful candidates must be resident in Australia at the time of their election.
Candidates for Honorary and Corresponding Fellowship are proposed directly by Council and are elected by the Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting. Residency in Australia at the time of election is not a requirement for Honorary or Corresponding Fellows.