Kuwait Prize 2016

Publish Date: Jan 08, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

The Kuwait Prize

Kuwait Prize was established in 1979, in fulfilment of the objectives of the Kuwait foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in supporting scientific researches in various fields, and encouraging Arab scholars and researchers. KFAS has dedicated prizes in five fields; four of these fields are announced annually (Basic Sciences, Applied Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Art and literature), and the fifth field which is (Arabic and Islamic Scientific Heritage) will be announced every three years. The topics of the fields are subject to change annually.

KFAS Awards for each field a cash sum of K.D. 40,000 (forty thousand Kuwaiti Dinars) approx. $ 130,000 (one hundred thirty thousand U.S. Dollars), a gold medal, a KFAS shield and a certificate of recognition to one or more of the citizens of Kuwait and other Arab countries.

Selection process

Applicants are evaluated through three committees, which formed by Prizes council as follows:

  1. Search and Nomination Committee: The task of this committee is to nominate Arab scholars and researchers in the topic of the field, to examine all applicants’ works after the closing date of the prize, and to prepare a short list of candidates who fulfill the criteria and the conditions of the Prize.
  2. Evaluation Committee: The task of this committee is to evaluate the short list of candidates suggested by the search and nomination committee. The scientific production of all candidates will be sent to each committee member without convening in Kuwait. A detailed report on each candidate is to be submitted by each member based on the criteria and conditions of the Prize.
  3. Selection Committee: The task of this committee is to review the evaluation committee members’ reports and forward appropriate recommendation of the winner to the Prizes council and Board of Directors for final endorsement.

Conditions and requirements

  1. The applicant must be from an Arab nationality and have a proof of an Arab origin either a birth certi­cate or a valid passport from an Arab country. A copy of the birth certi­cate or passport should be attached along with the submitted application.
  2. The work submitted should be innovative, signifi­cant in the announced ­eld, and published during the past twenty years. Submitted work may include papers published or accepted for publication in refereed journals, and books with ISSN number (authored, translated, edited, and chapter in a book). Masters or PhD theses shall not be evaluated as part of the Applicant's scienti­fic work.
  3. KFAS will consider nominations from universities, academic and research institutions, scienti­c centres, past recipients of the prizes and peers of the nominees.
  4. KFAS will accept self-nominations. To support self-nominations, applicants should provide a list of five references: four academics/researchers and one scienti­c organization. KFAS will seek out support letters from three of these references.
  5. KFAS decisions concerning the prizes are fi­nal and objections are not accepted.
  6. Applicants must fi­ll in the prize application form and send it along with the submitted work electronically. The application form is obtained from KFAS website www.kfas.org. The application form along with the comprehensive scienti­c achievements should be sent in PDF format, either via USB memory stick addressed to:
  7. Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences - Al sharq, Ahmed Al-Jaber St. - Tel: (+965) 22270465
  8. Or through the cloud, storage services sites such as (Google Drive - Dropbox - OneDrive) via Prizes email:prize@kfas.org.kw

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