The Vilcek Prizes

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. For the first time since 2006, the arts category for the 2017 Vilcek Prizes is in fine arts (previously: fine arts, architecture, music, film, culinary arts, literature, dance, contemporary music, design, fashion, and theatre).

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

The 2018 Vilcek Prizes for the Arts will be awarded in architecture.


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 Vilcek Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.

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

  • 2017 Vilcek Prizes

    We applaud the recipients of the 12th annual Vilcek Prizes: Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan, winners of the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, and Nari Ward, winner of the Vilcek Prize in Fine Arts. Read more about each winner:





  • The Vilcek Prize

    Our commemorative prizes are each uniquely designed by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister, a testament to the individual achievements of each prizewinner. Watch a behind-the-scenes video on how the Vilcek Prize is made.



  • Press Images

    Images for publication are available only for the purpose of media coverage of the Vilcek Foundation and its activities. All published images must be accompanied by a credit line and copyright information. Please email for information.