King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) KFIP Website

“The greatness of an individual is not the result of noble descent, but of accomplishments and purpose in life.”

Prince Khalid Alfaisal
Chairman, King Faisal International Prize Board

IN THE WORDS OF PRINCE KHALID ALFAISAL
Chairman, King Faisal International Prize Board

The greatness of a nation is not measured by the size of its material possessions, but by its role in the progress of mankind. The Islamic nation has established its prominent place in history not through its material resources, but through its vast contributions to the present civilization.
Similarly, the greatness of an individual is not the result of noble descent, but of accomplishments and purpose in life. These were the principles for which Faisal bin Abd Al-Aziz lived, and for which he was martyred. Not only was he a great monarch but also a great missionary of justice and peace, a man of purpose, intellect and passion.
The establishment of the King Faisal Foundation, and the inception of the King Faisal International Prize as one of the Foundation’s projects, drew from the humanitarian and noble values of Islam, which King Faisal held throughout his life. The prize seeks to realize some of his aspirations for the progress of mankind, and particularly his desire to emphasize the role of Arabs and Muslims towards that progress.
The prize was inaugurated 36 years ago, initially in three fields: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature. Two additional prizes, Medicine and Science, soon followed.

THE PRIZE

Launched by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and granted for the first time in 1979, the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science. Its aim is to benefit Muslims in their present and future, inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, as well as enrich human knowledge and develop mankind. KFIP winners are evaluated only based on merit and their works are meticulously examined by specialized selection committees. The strict selection procedure meets international standards, and many of the laureates who have been awarded the prize went on to receive other prestigious prizes, such as the Nobel Prize.

AT A GLANCE

37 years of success 239 laureates 42 nationalities

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Netherlands

2 1

China

1

Canada

5 3

United States of America

1 25 23

Great Britain

1 1 12 11

France

1 1 1 4

Germany

1 3 5

Denmark

1

Sweden

1

Italy

5

Hungary

1

Bosnia

1

Malaysia

3

Philippines

1

Palestine

1 1

Niger

1

Senegal

1

Nigeria

1

South Africa

1

Lebanon

1 1 2

Sudan

1 2 1

Egypt

5 7 22

Saudi Arabia

14 7 3

Pakistan

2

Afghanistan

1

Kuwait

2 1

United Emirates

2

Russia

1 2

Austria

1

Australia

2 1

India

2 2 1

Japan

3 2

Switzerland

2 3

Algeria

1

Tunisia

1

Jordan

1 4

Syria

2 3

Morocco

2 6

Iraq

4 2

Qatar

1

Bangladesh

1

Indonesia

1

Turkey

1 2

WINNERS THIS YEAR

Laureates also won

18 Nobel Prize
8 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
8 American National Medals of Science
2 Kyoto Prize
2 Fields Medals in Mathematics
5 British Royal Medals
  • 3 Principe De Asturias Prize
  • 3 Shaw Prize
  • 1 Abel Prisen
  • 1 Gottfried Wilhelm Liebnitz Prize
  • 1 Dirac Medal in Physics
  • 1 Edison Prize
  • 1 Bower Prize
  • 2 The Crafoord Prize Medal
  • 2 Copley Medal of the Royal Society
  • 2 Benjamin Franklin Medal
  • 3 Lorentz Gold Medal
  • 2 Marcel Benoist Prize
  • 12 Gairdner Foundation Prize
  • 4 Welch Foundation Prize in Chemistry
  • 1 Pulitzer Prize
  • 2 Albert Einstein Medal
  • 6 Louis Jenteat Prize in Medicine
  • 1 Nevanlinna Prize in Mathematics
  • 1 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine

THE YEARLY CYCLE

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kfip TOPICS ANNOUNCED kfip WINNERS’ SELECTION kfip WINNERS ANNOUNCED kfip AWARD CEREMONY

THE YEARLY CYCLE

  • TOPICS ANNOUNCED

    Topics for each of the 5 categories are chosen
  • WINNERS’ SELECTION

    • Nominations are made by institutions in the field
    • Nominations are sorted to ensure compliance with the prize
    • Nominations are reviewed to the highest standards
    • Nominations are sent to referees for evaluation
    • Final decision is made based on merit and recommendations
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    In January, after the Selection Committees conclude their meetings, Prince Khaled Alfaisal announces the names of the winners.
  • AWARD CEREMONY

    The winners are invited to receive their awards during a ceremony held for this purpose, under the auspices of the King of Saudi Arabia.

ACROSS THE YEARS

The early years of the King Faisal International Prize,  from left to right, Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Prince Abdallah Alfaisal, King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz.

The early years of the King Faisal International Prize, from left to right, Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Prince Abdallah Alfaisal, King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz.

The King Faisal International Prize, in cooperation with The Royal Society, held a Symposium in London entitled “ Science and Medicine in the 21st Century- A Global Perspective”. The event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Science and Medicine Prizes. The photograph shows the previous winners of this prize.

The King Faisal International Prize, in cooperation with The Royal Society, held a Symposium in London entitled “ Science and Medicine in the 21st Century- A Global Perspective”. The event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Science and Medicine Prizes. The photograph shows the previous winners of this prize.

30th anniversary of the King Faisal International Prize, where all previous winners were invited to attend.

30th anniversary of the King Faisal International Prize, where all previous winners were invited to attend.

Professor Fuat M. Sezgin, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 1979 (1399H)

Professor Fuat M. Sezgin, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 1979 (1399H)

Shaikh Sayyid Abul A’la Al-Mawdodi, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1979 (1399H)

Shaikh Sayyid Abul A’la Al-Mawdodi, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1979 (1399H)

H.M. King Khaled Bin Abd Al-Aziz, the first King to receive the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1981 (1401H)

H.M. King Khaled Bin Abd Al-Aziz, the first King to receive the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1981 (1401H)

Professor David C. Morley, the first winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1982 (1402H)

Professor David C. Morley, the first winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1982 (1402H)

Professor Sir Michael J. Berridge, one of the first winners of the King Faisal International prize in Science, 1986 (1406H)

Professor Sir Michael J. Berridge, one of the first winners of the King Faisal International prize in Science, 1986 (1406H)

King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz awards the 1987 (1407H) King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam to Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi. The distinguished laureate is Nigeria’s Grand Mufti and Supreme Advisor on Islamic Affairs.

King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz awards the 1987 (1407H) King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam to Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi. The distinguished laureate is Nigeria’s Grand Mufti and Supreme Advisor on Islamic Affairs.

Professor Janet D. Rawley, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, and the first female winner, 1988 (1408H)

Professor Janet D. Rawley, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, and the first female winner, 1988 (1408H)

Professor Ahmed H. Zewail, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Science, 1989 (1409H)

Professor Ahmed H. Zewail, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Science, 1989 (1409H)

Dr. Francois Barré-Sinoussi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1993 (1413H)

Dr. Francois Barré-Sinoussi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1993 (1413H)

President Alija Izetbegoviç, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1993 (1413H)

President Alija Izetbegoviç, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1993 (1413H)

Professor Aisha Abd Al-Rahman, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Aisha Abd Al-Rahman, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Wadad A. Kadi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Wadad A. Kadi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Mrs. Salma L. Al-Kowzbari, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1995 (1415H)

Mrs. Salma L. Al-Kowzbari, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1995 (1415H)

The King Faisal Foundation held, in cooperation with Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, a symposium entitled “Islam and the Arab Culture in the New World” in 1995 (1415H) and it was attended by many guests and previous winners of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Literature.

The King Faisal Foundation held, in cooperation with Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, a symposium entitled “Islam and the Arab Culture in the New World” in 1995 (1415H) and it was attended by many guests and previous winners of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Literature.

Hon. Dr. Mahathir bin Muhammad, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1997 (1417H)

Hon. Dr. Mahathir bin Muhammad, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1997 (1417H)

H.E. President Abdou Diouf, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1998 (1418H)

H.E. President Abdou Diouf, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1998 (1418H)

Professor Makarim Ghamri, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1999 (1419H)

Professor Makarim Ghamri, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1999 (1419H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International Prize in 2000 (1420H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International Prize in 2000 (1420H)

Professor Cynthia Kenyon of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2000 (1420H)

Professor Cynthia Kenyon of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2000 (1420H)

Professor Ibrahim Abd Al-Rahim Al Saafin, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 2001 (1421H)

Professor Ibrahim Abd Al-Rahim Al Saafin, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 2001 (1421H)

Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud Foundation, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2003 (1423H)

Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud Foundation, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2003 (1423H)

Professor Carol Hillenbrand, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 2005 (1425H)

Professor Carol Hillenbrand, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 2005 (1425H)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abd Allah bin Abd Al-Aziz, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2008 (1428H)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abd Allah bin Abd Al-Aziz, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2008 (1428H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2008 (1428H), amongst the winners is King Abd Allah Bin Abd-Aziz.

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2008 (1428H), amongst the winners is King Abd Allah Bin Abd-Aziz.

Professor Johanne Martel-Pelletier, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2010 (1430H)

Professor Johanne Martel-Pelletier, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2010 (1430H)

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2010 (1430H)

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2010 (1430H)

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2011 (1431H), who went on to receive a Nobel Prize two years later.

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2011 (1431H), who went on to receive a Nobel Prize two years later.

Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Biology, 2012 (1432H)

Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Biology, 2012 (1432H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2015 (1436H), amongst the winners is King Salman Bin Abd-Aziz.

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2015 (1436H), amongst the winners is King Salman Bin Abd-Aziz.

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