King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

King Faisal Prize

Launched by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and granted for the first time in 1979, the King Faisal Prize (KFP) 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. KFP 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.    click for more>>

2020 Announcement Ceremony

2020 Laureates

2021 Prize Topics

islamic studies

islamic_studiesEndowment in Islam

medicine

medicineRegenerative medicine in neurological conditions

science

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In The Words of Prince Khalid Alfaisal
Chairman, King Faisal Prize Board

King Faisal Prize (KFP) was initiated by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) inspired by its humanitarian objectives and its commitment to preserve the true Islamic values which King Faisal, may Allah have mercy upon him, stood for. These values and principles, held dearly by the late King Faisal, are firmly enshrined in the statute of the Prize.
KFF established the KFP as a lofty expression and reflection of late King Faisal untiring support for endeavors slated to alleviate human suffering through the advancement of research and creative human thinking. These are core values which the late King Faisal passionately upheld, besides his respect for knowledge, empathy with scholars, and his recognition of their contributions to the advancement of nations. He strongly believed that progress of his nation and his countrymen cannot be achieved without a resolute acquisition of knowledge that is commensurate with the values and teachings of Islam, as well as an in-depth understanding of human history and a genuine appreciation of the foundations in which the Islamic civilization is grounded, along with the conducive factors that helped this civilization blossom and thrive, and positively contribute to universal human civilization.
KFP is driven by objectives animated by this thorough human perception, emanating from the cradle of the Islamic message, a land to which the hearts of Muslims throughout the world are attached, a land founded on the principles of this message and ruled by its values. These features endow the Prize with a distinct prestige among peer prizes that seek to motivate scientists and thinkers and encourage them to pursue further scientific and intellectual accomplishments that benefit humanity and help foster a better and brighter civilization.
This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of KFP as it firmly wades its way towards its prestigious position among leading international prizes. The Prize takes special pride in being widely recognized for being impartial and independent of all political, sectarian, racial and religious considerations.
We pray to the Almighty Allah to preserve our country’s security and stability. May this country continue its noble mission under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Supreme President of King Faisal Philanthropic Foundation. May Allah guide us all to that which benefits Islam and Muslims and contributes to the advancement and progress of mankind.
May Allah make our aspirations come true!

At a Glance

41 years of success 265 laureates 43 nationalities

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Netherlands

2 1

China

1

Canada

5 3

United States of America

1 29 26

Great Britain

1 1 12 12

France

1 1 1 4

Germany

1 3 6

Denmark

1

Sweden

1

Italy

5

Hungary

1

Bosnia

1

Malaysia

3

Philippines

1

Palestine

1 1

Niger

1

Senegal

1

Nigeria

2

South Africa

1

Lebanon

1 1 2

Sudan

2 2 1

Egypt

5 7 23

Saudi Arabia

15 8 3

Pakistan

2

Afghanistan

1

Kuwait

2 1

United Emirates

2

Russia

1 2

Austria

1

Australia

1 2 1

India

2 2 1

Japan

3 2

Switzerland

2 3

Algeria

1

Tunisia

2

Jordan

3 4

Syria

2 3

Morocco

2 7

Iraq

4 3

Qatar

1

Bangladesh

1

Indonesia

2

Turkey

1 2

Laureates Also Won

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WinnerKFP Welch Foundation Prize in Chemistry
Professor George M. Whitesides 2011 2005
Professor Richard Zare 2011 1999
Professor Koji Nakanishi 2003 1996
Professor Frank A. Cotton 1990 1994
Professor Ahmed H. Zewail 1989 1997
Professor Pierre Chambon 1988 1998
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WinnerKFP Principe De Asturias Prize
Professor George M. Whitesides2011 2008
Professor Sir Gregory P. Winter 1995 2012
Professor Luc Montagnier 1993 2000
Professor Ricardo Miledi 1988 1999
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WinnerKFP Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine
Professor Jeffrey M. Friedman 2013 2012
Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky2012 2011
Professor Richard Zare 2011 2009
Professor Shinya Yamanaka 2011 2010
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WinnerKFP Gottfried Wilhelm Liebnitz Prize
Professor Laurens Molenkamp2017 2014
Professor Gerd Faltings 2014 1996
Professor Ferenc Krausz2013 2006
Professor Theodore W. Hanch 1989 1988
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WinnerKFP Marcel Benoist Prize
Professor Daniel Loss2017 2010
Professor Michael Grätzel2015 2013
Professor Rudiger Wehner2008 2002
Professor Dieter Seebach1999 2000
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WinnerKFP Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Awards
Professor Janet D. Rowley 1988 1998
Professor Luc Montagnier 1993 1986
Professor Robert G. Edwards 1989 2001
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WinnerKFP Lorentz Gold Medal
Professor Frank Wilczek 2005 2002
Professor Eric Allin Cornell1997 1998
Professor Carl E. Wieman1997 1998
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WinnerKFP Kyoto Prize
Professor Shinya Yamanaka2011 2010
Professor George M. Whitesides2011 2003
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WinnerKFP Abel Prisen
Professor Andrew J. Wiles 1998 2016
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah 1987 2004
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WinnerKFP Albert Einstein Medal
Professor Chen Ning Yang 2001 1995
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WinnerKFP Copley Medal of the Royal Society
Professor Sydney Brenner1992 1991
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah1987 1988
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WinnerKFP Benjamin Franklin Medal
Professor Edward O.Wilson 2000 1998
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah 1987 1993
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WinnerKFP Dirac Medal in Physics
Professor Frank Wilczek 2005 1994
Professor Peter W. Shor 2002 2017
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WinnerKFP Edison Medal
Professor Federico Capasso2005 2004
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WinnerKFP Bower Prize
Professor Chen Ning Yang2001 1994
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WinnerKFP Pulitzer Prize
Professor Edward O.Wilson 2000 1979
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WinnerKFP Nevanlinna Prize in Mathematics
Professor Peter W. Shor2002 1998

Across The Years

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

The King Faisal 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 Prize, where all previous winners were invited to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz awards the 1987 (1407H) King Faisal 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 Prize in Medicine, and the first female winner, 1988 (1408H)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Salma L. Al-Kowzbari, co-winner of the King Faisal 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 Prize for Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Literature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Carol Hillenbrand, winner of the King Faisal 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 Prize for Service to Islam, 2008 (1428H)

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

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

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

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the King Faisal 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 Prize in Biology, 2012 (1432H)

Shaikh Rai’d Salah Mahagna, winner of the King Faisal Prize in Service to Islam, 2013 (1434H)

Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim, winner of the King Faisal Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 2014 (1435H)

Professor Omar Mwannes Yaghi, winner of the King Faisal Prize in Science, 2015 (1436H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal Prize in 2016 (1437H)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz, winner of the King Faisal Prize for Service to Islam, 2017 (1438H)