King Faisal International Prize

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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: those who exceptionally serve Islam and Muslims, and the scientists and scholars whose research results in significant advances in specific areas that benefit humanity.

This incentive also encourages expanded research that may lead to important medical and scientific breakthroughs.

Merit and excellence alone are the criteria for selection.

Nominations for the Prizes are accepted from international institutions and organizations only, and not from individuals or political parties.

Winners of the Prize for Service to Islam are chosen directly by the respective selection committee.

For other Prize categories, pre selection by peer reviewers is carried out, following which the works of worthy nominees are submitted for further scrutiny by selected referees appropriate to each discipline.


  • Each of the five Prize categories consists of a certificate, hand written in Diwani calligraphy, summarizing the laureate's work; a commemorative 24 carat, 200 gram gold medal, uniquely cast for each Prize; and a cash endowment of SR750,000 (US$200,000).

  • Co winners in any category share the monetary grant.

    The Prizes are awarded during a ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the King of Saudi Arabia.

    Deadline: January

    For more prize information and application, see: King Faisal International Prize Website

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