The Call for nominations for the 5th edition of the Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science is now open.

Fernando Gil (1937-2006) was a Portuguese philosopher, recognised for embracing a diversity of fields, ranging from epistemology to aesthetics, from moral philosophy to politics. Whatever the field, Fernando Gil always took the perspective of philosophy perceived as a whole, i.e., from the conviction that each specific knowledge refers to all the others and somehow presumes them. At the time of his death, and to honor his memory and work, the Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science was launched as a joint initiative of the Portuguese government, represented by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG).

With a monetary value of €75 000 (seventy-five thousand Euros), the Prize aims to acknowledge a work of outstanding excellence in the domain of Philosophy of Science, either regarding general epistemological problems or particular scientific areas. Science is here understood in a broad sense to include mathematics, computer science, medicine, economics and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences such as physics, chemistry and biology.

Only original and recent works by a single author, of any nationality or professional affiliation, published during the five preceding years (2012-2016) may be considered for the prize. Self-nominations are not accepted. For more details see []

The recipient of the Prize is requested to deliver an original public lecture, which will be published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and to conduct a programme of dedicated seminars for students and researchers in Lisbon on occasion of the award ceremony.

The Call for nominations is open from 1st September to 15th December 2016. Please send your nominations, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominations should include the following elements:

  • The complete publication data regarding the nominated work;         
  • A critical review of the work giving reasons why it should be considered as worthy of the prize (500 words);
  • A brief biography of the author (500 words);
  • E-mail address of the nominated author.

The authors will be contacted by FCT to provide a paper copy and a PDF of the nominated work, in order to be evaluated by the jury. 

The required elements above are conditions for the acceptance of nominations.

The nominated works will be evaluated by the jury during the course of 2017. The prize will be awarded in March 2018.

For more information, including the members of the jury, please visit: