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Kuwait Prize 2021

Nominations Deadline: Friday, 31 December 2021

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The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) awards distinguished Kuwaiti and Arab scientists worldwide the Kuwait Prize for their significant and outstanding achievements in research since 1979. While the main areas in various scientific fields remain consistent, the scientific subfields under these areas vary annually.
For the 2021 Kuwait Prize Cycle, KFAS invites universities, scientific and research institutions, and eligible individuals, to nominate Kuwaiti and Arab scientists for the Prize in the following scientific subfields:

  • Fundamental Sciences: In Physics (including but not limited to): Biophysics, Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Atomic Physics, High Energy and Particle Physics, Geophysics, Quantum systems and computing, Condensed matter Physics.
  • Applied Sciences: In Applied Medical Sciences (including but not limited to): The development of new Drugs and effective Vaccines, Combating Epidemics and communicable diseases, Public Health Interventions, Translation of Genomic research findings to clinical practice, Applications of Stem Cell research, and development of new Imaging procedures. The 2021 Prize especially welcomes submissions focused on combatting Epidemics/Pandemics and Contagious Diseases. 
  • Economics and Social Sciences: In Education (including but not limited to): Education and Technology curriculum development, Development of life, Analytical, Research and other skills, Managing learning Disabilities, Educational Administration and Policies and Educational Reform.
  • Humanities, Arts and Literature: In Linguistics (including but not limited to): Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics.   

KFAS awards an annual Prize cash sum of K.D. 40,000 (Approx. $135,000) for each subfield, along with a gold medal, a KFAS shield and a certificate of recognition.

Conditions and requirements:

  1. KFAS accepts nominations from universities, academic and research institutions, former laureates of the Kuwait Prize, and peers of the nominees. Nominations from political entities are not accepted.
  2. KFAS accepts self-nominations. Self- nominees must provide a statement outlining the basis for their eligibility for nomination and the significance of their research production.
  3. The nominee must be from an Arab nationality and have proof of Arabic origin, such as an Arabic birth certificate, a valid Arabic passport, or a relevant document. A copy of one of these documents must be included in the application file.
  4. The nominee must be a recognized specialist and researcher in the announced subfield and must hold a PhD degree. Applicants for the Applied Sciences (who do not hold a PhD degree) must hold the Medical fellowship and/or Medical Board.
  5. Nominees must provide a list of references, three academics/researchers and one scientific institution.
  6. The work submitted should be innovative, significant in the announced subfield, and published during the past twenty years. Submitted work include papers published or accepted for publication in refereed Journals, and books with ISBN number (authored, translated, edited, and chapter in a book). MA or PhD theses and any publications extracted from them shall not be evaluated as part of the nominee’s scientific work.
  7. Nominees are requested to complete the Prize Nomination Form and send it along with the submitted work electronically. The Nomination Form for the subfields in Fundamental Sciences and Applied Sciences should be submitted in English.
  8. The Nomination Form along with scientific publications and achievements completed within the past twenty years should be sent in PDF format, through the cloud storage services sites such as (Google Drive–Dropbox–OneDrive) via Prize email:
  9. KFAS decisions concerning The Kuwait Prize are final and objections are not accepted.
  10. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, 31 December 2021.

For further information and inquiries, please contact the Prize Office: Tel: +965 22270465 ; E-Mail: