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Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science

The creation of the Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science was announced by the Portuguese Government on the occasion of his death, to honor his memory and work (1937-2006). The Prize was launched as a joint initiative of the Portuguese Government, represented by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG).

The Fernando Gil International Prize, initially awarded annually (2010 and 2011), is now awarded every two years in Lisbon. The prize for the 2017 edition was awarded to Emily Grosholz, Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English, member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Pennsylvania State University.

The purpose of the Prize is to distinguish outstanding work in the field of Philosophy of Science, considering both general epistemological problems and problems concerning specific scientific areas. Science is referred to here in a broad sense including mathematics, computer science, medicine, economics, and social sciences, as well as natural sciences such as physics, chemistry, and biology.

Only papers by a single author, of any nationality or professional affiliation, published during the previous five years (2014- 2018) will be taken into consideration.

The winning author is asked to deliver an original public lecture that will be published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and to conduct a specialized seminar program for students and researchers in Lisbon on the occasion of the award ceremony.

The amount to be paid to the laureate is 75,000 euros (seventy-five thousand euros).

The period for submitting nominations begins September 24 and ends February 15, 2019. Nominations from the candidates themselves will not be accepted.

Nominations should include the following elements:

  • The complete bibliographic record of the nominated work;
  • A critical review of the work nominated for the award emphasizing the elements considered most relevant for the award (500 words);
  • A brief comment about the author's biography (500 words);
  • The e-mail address of the named author.

The authors will be contacted by FCT in order to provide a paper and pdf copy of the nominated work for evaluation by the Jury.

The above elements are a condition of acceptance of nominations.

The nominated works will be evaluated by the Jury during 2019. The award ceremony will take place in March 2020.