King Faisal Foundation (2)

King Faisal International Prize has ranked among the world's pre-eminent scientific and humanitarian awards for nearly two decades. This premier award is given by King Faisal Foundation, a large-scale philanthropic organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Since the prizes for Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies and Service to Islam were first awarded in 1979 and Science and Medicine were introduced in 1982 and 1983 respectively, there have been 124 laureates from 33 countries.

King Faisal International Prize recognizes leading scientists and academics for their contributions to humanity and prominent individuals whose service to Islam has benefited large numbers of people. Three KFIP laureates have gone on the won the Nobel Prize. Dr Yahya Mahmoud ibn Junaid, the 1998 winner for Islamic Studies, has recently been appointed as Secretary-General of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, the cultural arm of King Faisal Foundation. Dr Junaid is renowned for his outstanding studies such as this, combined with a rigorous selection process, which have earned the King Faisal International Prize international acclaim.

Nominations for each Prize are accepted from relevant institutions and organizations from around the world. Individuals or political parties are not eligible to recommend candidates. Independent experts examine all works in two elimination rounds and forward the works of the finalists to autonomous specialist selection committees which convene at the headquarters of the King Faisal International Prize in Riyadh in order to make the final selections.

The Prizes are awarded during a ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the King of Saudi Arabia. Each of the five Prize categories consist 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;

a cash endowment of SR750,000 (US$200,000). Co-winners in any category share the monetary grant.

By drawing attention to important issues and rewarding outstanding individuals who have made these issues a priority in their careers, it is hoped that the direct and indirect effects of the Prize will be far reaching.

Further information on nomination procedures can be obtained from The General Secretariat, King Faisal International Prize, P.O. Box 22476, Riyadh 11495, Saudi Arabia.

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