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

Brief Summary of KFIP

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.    click for more>>

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 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.

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)

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 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.

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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)

2016 Winners