The Vilcek Prizes

The Vilcek Foundation awards the Vilcek Prizes annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through their extraordinary achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities. Two prizes are awarded, one in biomedical research and one in the arts and humanities, in a field designated by the Foundation. In 2014, the arts category is design (previously: fine art, architecture, music, film, culinary arts, literature, dance, and contemporary music).

Vilcek Prize winners each receive $100,000 and a trophy, uniquely designed for each winner by Stefan Sagmeister. The Foundation presents the Vilcek Prizes in an award ceremony held early in spring, in New York City. 

 

Selection Process 

The Foundation appoints nominators, experts in their fields, and asks them to submit the names of potential award winners to two juries, one composed of medical researchers, and the other, experts in the cultural discipline under consideration for the current year. Each jury selects one award winner and submits its recommendation to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.  

The Vilcek Foundation regrets that, due to staffing limitations, it cannot respond to unsolicited nominations.

  • 2014 Vilcek Prizes

    Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Jessell and Neri Oxman, recipients of the 2014 Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design!

     

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  • 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Fashion

    Calling all biomedical scientists and fashion professionals!

     

    The 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are now open. Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply or recommend your friends and colleagues! Deadline: June 10, 2014.

     

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  • The Vilcek Trophy

    Our commemorative prize sculptures are each uniquely designed by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister, a testament to the individual circumstances and achievements of each Vilcek Prize winner.

     

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  • Art Collections

    Explore the impact of immigrant artists on American Modernism. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, these artists often made their new home the subject of their work, creating celebrated images of the American landscape, from New York to New Mexico.

     

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