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Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award The rise of societies and nations is attained through investing in people’s brains and encouraging scientific research, culture, and innovation. Thus, Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF) has been investing for the last 35 years in motivating and encouraging more research as well as scientific, technological and social innovation, towards a sustainable economic and social impact. We – at AHSF - believe that cooperation amongst research institutions in the public and private sectors, is one of the enablers that strengthens the status of scientific research, and magnifies its impact on the Arab world.

Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award: 35 years of support to scientific research and researchers

It is the first Award of its kind dedicated for scientific research and to honor Arab researchers since 1982. The award aims to support and highlight scientific research throughout the Arab world as it is awarded in recognition of distinguished scientific outcome of scientific and social value.

The award targets Arab researchers who have conducted multiple researches in an Arab country in one of the following 6 fields: Medical and Health Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Basic Sciences; Literature and Humanitarian, Social and Educational Sciences; Economics and Administration Sciences, and Agriculture and Technology. Each year, two topics under each field are selected as award themes, with 12 awards, each amounting to $20,000.

For more information: ResearchersAward@Shoman.org.jo

Many of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ winners achieved outstanding scientific achievements after receiving the Award, and others received prestigious positions in their respective countries.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ Evolution Stages:

- 1982: Launch of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers - 4 awards covering 4 knowledge specialties, worth JOD 3 thousand each
- 1983: 5 awards
- 1984: 7 awards
- 1991: 9 awards
- 1993: 10 awards worth JOD 5 thousand each
- 1995: 12 awards
- 2002: 6 awards, worth USD 10 thousand each. The maximum age limit for the candidates increased from 40 to 45 years
- 2011: 6 awards, worth USD 15 thousand each
- 2013: New Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ foundations were laid:

  1. All researchers’ categories are now allowed to be nominated, without any age restriction.
  2.  The Award was renamed to the “Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers”.
  3.  All scientific specializations were confined to six main fields, instead of twelve.

- 2014: 12 awards
-  2017: 35 years of support to the scientific research and Arab researchers award's 35th anniversary

-  2018: 36 years of support to the scientific research and Arab researchers.


Experienced and competent jury members, selected by the Scientific Committee, are in charge of assessing the scientific output, submitted and accepted for the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ nomination, based on specific criteria, aimed at ensuring the objectivity and credibility of the Award results. Decisions are deemed final and thus, may not be challenged. The jury makes appropriate decisions to either choose the winners or withhold such an Award.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ Components:

1- A certificate, including the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ name, winner’s name and awarded field of interest.
2- A financial reward of twenty thousand US dollars (USD 20,000).
3- A plaque, bearing the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ name and logo.

  • If two winners deserve the award, each shall be granted a certificate and a plaque, in addition to the financial reward, which shall be divided equally between the two winners.
  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation announces the names of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers’ winners by the appropriate means, on a date to be determined each year, and special ceremony is held in celebration.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award is supervised by a Scientific Committee, composed of a chairman and five members, as follows:

  • Amin Mahmoud, Chairman.
  • Tawfiq Arafat, Member.
  • Razan Ibrahim, Member.
  • Walid Deeb, Member.
  • Mustafa Mustafa Yassin, Member.
  • Abdullah Malkawi, Member.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award Nomination Terms and Conditions:  

  1. The Nominee shall be alive, and of an Arab nationality or origins, regardless of their place of residence.
  2.  The Nominee shall have submitted a scientific output of a scientific and social value during the last five years.
  3.  The Nominee shall submit a written nomination request by the entity in which they work, using the specific form, set forth in the Form Filling Instructions.
  4.  The Nominee shall send an abstract of the scientific output presented in Arabic.
  5.  A winner of Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award may not apply again for the same award.
  6.  Research shall only be accepted in Arabic or English.
  7.  MA and Ph.D. theses shall not be included in the Nominee’s scientific output assessment.
  8. The Nomination Form shall be submitted in one of the specializations listed in the Award’s declared fields only. This shall, therefore, be determined in the Nomination Form.
  9. The scientific output and all required documents shall be sent at once. Hence, any material sent thereafter shall not be taken into account. The Nominee's scientific output shall not be returned thereto whether they win or not.
  10. It is necessary that the Nominee mention the citations of each published article, including those submitted to the Award, along with the impact factor and name of publisher.
  11. The Scientific Committee and jury members shall not be entitled to be nominated for the Award.
  12. Applications, that do not comply with the Award Terms and Conditions and are submitted after the Nomination deadline, shall not be taken into account.
  13. The Award’s Scientific Committee shall have the right to withdraw the Award from a winner if any of the following was proved:
  • Violation of any of the Award Terms and Conditions, as stated in the Call for Nomination
  • Violation of the ethics of the scientific research, with respect to the output submitted.
  • Any other violation identified by the Scientific Committee.

Key Judging Criteria:

Nominee Excellence-Related Criteria

  1. Participation in research events (such as conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.),  held inside and outside the university.
  2. Contribution to community service through various activities.
  3. Ability to build internal and external partnerships, and to attract financial and technical support for scientific research.
  4. Supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.

Scientific Output Excellence-Related Criteria

  1. Number of researches published in scientific journals, as a principal researcher or co-researcher.
  2. Impact Factor.
  3. Research Citations.
  4. Research originality and scientific value.
  5. Research ability to align with practical application, and impact on economic, social and environmental development in the Arab world.
  6. Research contribution to the global scientific world in relevant field/subject of interest.
  7. Research alignment with global research and scientific trends.
  8. Receipt of other awards in the scientific research field.
  9. Number of patents registered, if any.