King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for Scholars and Scientists (Islam, Islamic studies, Science, Medicine, Arabic language and Literature)

King Faisal International Prize (KFIP)

Course(s) Involved: Islam, Science, related
Course Level: Graduate, research, etc
Provider: King Faisal Foundation
Country to Receive in: Saudi Arabia

Scholarship Description
Following its inception in 1397H / 1977G, the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) has quickly established itself as one of the world's most prestigious awards.

This reputation could not have been accomplished without, firstly, the strict adherence to nomination and selection procedures to ensure that all the winners are selected solely on the basis of merit, and secondly, the continuous support of academic institutions both nationally and internationally.

Through the Prize, the King Faisal Foundation seeks to show its appreciation to those individuals who have rendered exceptionally outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, and to scholars and scientists who have made significant contributions and advances in areas that benefit developing and Islamic countries, and humanity at large.

Conditions of award:
  • Nominations should be from universities, research centers and other learned circles. Nominations are also accepted from previous winners of King Faisal International Prize. Nominations are not accepted from individuals or political parties.
  • Nominated works must be published, benefit mankind and enrich human knowledge.
  • Dissertations are not accepted.
Selection criteria:
Merit and excellence alone are the criteria for selection. As testimony to the high caliber of Prize recipients and to the importance of the research carried out by KFIP laureates, many winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes for the same works that were recognized by King Faisal International Prize.

Eligible groups
Individuals, scholars and scientists of any nationality across the world

Participating Institutions
King Faisal Foundation, Riyahd; Saudi Arabia

Fields of study
There are five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic studies, Science, Medicine, Arabic Langauge and literature. However, all areas of work that may benefit humanity may be awarded. See official website (link below) for more on this.

Number of awards
Not specified

Award benefits
Components of the award:
  • A certificate written in Arabic calligraphy, describing the work for which the winner is awarded the Prize.
  • A Commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medallion.
  • A sum of SR 750,000 (US$ 200,000).
Method of Application
Each year, Islamic organizations, universities and other learned circles throughout the world nominate individuals for any of the five categories of the Prize.

Applications must be online at the official Online Application Portal.
Please review the "Topics & Nominations" page for details on how to apply. Applications that don't adhere to the rules will be not be considered.

For complete details on requirements from each nominee, requirements from the nominating body, and other relevant application issues, please visit the official website (link to it is below).

All the required documents must be received no later than Wednesday 21 JUMADA II 1434H occurring 1 May 2013G at the following address.

The General Secretariat
King Faisal International Prize
Al-Khairia Building, King Fahd Road
P.O. Box 22476 Riyadh 11495
Saudi Arabia

While applying, ENSURE you write your name exactly as it appears in your passport.

The winners are usually announced in January, and receive their awards two months later in a special ceremony held in Riyadh under the auspices of the King of Saudi Arabia. This ceremony is one of the most important annual events organized by the King Faisal Foundation.

For inquiries, please contact above address or:
Tel: +(966-1) 465 2255
Fax: +(966-1) 465 8685

King Faisal Foundation believes that it is through the collective efforts of outstanding individuals that the highest aspirations are realized. The annual presentation of King Faisal International Prize enables the Foundation to reward dedicated men and women whose contributions make a positive difference. This incentive also encourages expanded research that may lead to important medical and scientific breakthroughs.

Application Deadline: 1 May 2013
Open to International students: Yes

More Award/Scholarship Information (Official KFIP website)
More Award/Scholarship Information (King Faisal Foundation (KFF) website)

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